Tree, brush removal underway for 2022 construction work

Motorists may encounter shoulder closures, lane shifts, or flaggers as crews work along the road at various locations

OSAKIS — The Minnesota Department of Transportation has begun clearing trees and brush within the state right-of-way in central Minnesota, including Highway 27 in the Osakis area, Todd and Douglas Counties. The purpose of the project is to resurface, improve access and replace bridges.

Motorists may encounter shoulder closures, lane shifts, or flaggers as crews work along the road at various locations. All work will be complete by March 31.

The tree cutting and brush removal helps clear areas for construction in 2022 as well as improve areas for drainage once the construction work is completed. Removal work takes place in winter months to ensure seasonal nesting patterns of bats are not disrupted.

Expect tree and debris clearing at these additional known 2022 project location s :

  • Highway 23 from Foley to Milaca, Benton and Mille Lacs counties, to resurface/reconstruct and improve access and drainage, includes roundabout in Foley
  • Highway 23 from east of Paynesville to Richmond, Stearns County, to expand to four-lane highway
  • Highway 65 in Mora, Kanabec County, to reconstruct the Snake River bridge and install multi-use trail
  • Highway 169/210 from Aitkin to north of Hassman, Aitkin County, to widen shoulders, improve drainage and reconstruct the road surface
  • Highway 169 in Elk River, Sherburne County, to construct a freeway system with four interchanges
  • Business Highway 371 from Barrows to Brainerd, Crow Wing County, to reconstruct or resurface and improve access
  • Highway 371 in Brainerd Lakes area, Crow Wing County, to improve access from Gull Lake Dam Road to Green Gables Road, includes frontage roads

Motorists are asked to watch for crews working along the MnDOT right-of-way, slow down and obey traffic laws. Cleared trees will be recycled and used for mulch and erosion control throughout the project area. Learn more about MnDOT’s tree guidelines at


For more information on these projects in central Minnesota, visit . For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, call 5-1-1 or visit .

Travis Gulbrandson covers several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
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