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Haines Road Closes Tuesday for Reconstruction

Posted at: 02/11/2013 5:33 PM
Updated at: 02/11/2013 5:37 PM

Haines Road, a busy corridor connecting West Duluth with areas over the hill, will close again Tuesday for the next phase of reconstruction following last summer's floods.

The June floods caused significant damage to the road, which is also County State Aid Highway 91, and forced the closure of a two-mile segment between 40th Avenue West and Morris Thomas Road for several months.  The road opened north of Skyline Parkway last fall but is now closing again.

The project includes widening the road to three lanes, with two lanes going uphill and one lane coming down. The road's infamous horseshoe curve will be loosened to allow 25 mph speeds rather than 20 mph.

The project will include the removal of about 42,000 cubic yards of rock, with blasting expected to begin in march. The rock will be crushed and reused as part of the project.

Haines Road was already scheduled for reconstruction, and the county moved up the $12 million project after the flood.  The county says it's the largest individual project ever done by St. Louis County public works.

The road will remain closed until the project's completion in November.