MnDOT engineer gives update on Highway 61 work in Grand Marais

Construction work in Grand Marais continues, with the Broadway Avenue and Highway 61 intersection completely closed down at this time. From Broadway Avenue west, there are traffic barriers, orange cones and a new temporary stoplight.

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence checked in with the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Grand Marais Project Engineer Edward Welch to see how things are going from MnDOT’s point of view.

Despite some concerns expressed about truck traffic on social media, Welch told WTIP that he has heard very few complaints from the public. Welch encourages anyone with questions or concerns to join MnDOT for a weekly online public meeting.

The meetings are every Thursday at 1 p.m. and information on how to observe or participate can be found on the MnDOT project website here.

Project Manager Welch also said he checks his email for questions as well and those will be addressed in the weekly Thursday meetings. He can be reached at

Also included is a photo followup to our previous story on the MnDOT project Talking with MnDOT about detours, cameras, and typos.