Culvert failure leads to closure of Kleffman Road in Hibbing

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Public Works Department  • Richard H. Hansen Transportation & Public Works Complex
4787 Midway Road, Duluth, MN 55811 • Phone: (218) 625-3830

James T. Foldesi, P.E.
Public Works Director/Highway Engineer




June 8, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Boder, Deputy Public Works Director


Culvert failure leads to temporary closure of Kleffman Road in Hibbing

A portion of Kleffman Road in Hibbing has been temporarily closed due to a culvert failure. St. Louis County Public Works staff have determined that the joint connecting two box culverts has separated. Engineers are now evaluating the cause and how best to correct it. The road will likely be closed 6-8 weeks for repairs.


Kleffman Road, also known as County Road 710, is a gravel road primarily used by local traffic. The closure is approximately one mile south of Day Lake Road (County Road 464). Road closure signs are being posted. Recommended detours include Day Lake Road to County State Aid Highway 5, or Rainey Road to Trunk Highway 169.


Kleffman Road closure

The yelllow mark indicates the location of the temporary closure on Kleffman Road. St. Louis County Public Works is working to determine what caused two box culverts to separate. Repairs are expected to take 6-8 weeks.