The new highway is completely open. Motorists may still encounter flagging operations while crews complete all remaining work.
Ribbon cutting held June 21
A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the impending completion of the Eagles Nest Project. About 60 people attended the event.
The new section of highway on the west end of the project is expected to open as early as Tuesday, June 26.
MnDOT officials selected Alternative 3A route as the preferred alternative for the Hwy 1/169 Eagles Nest Lake Area Project. The 3A alternative deviates south from the existing alignment on the west half of the project and follows the existing highway corridor on the east half.
The 3A route was selected as the preferred alternative because it most closely met the project purpose and need and balanced social, economic and environmental impacts. The new alignment will reduce shading, which contributed to icy road conditions over the years, and will improve safety with wider shoulders, improved alignments and profiles and increased passing opportunities.