Several roads closed following heavy rain and washouts

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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




May 13, 2022

MEDIA CONTACT: Brian Boder, Public Works Deputy Director



Several roads closed following heavy rain and washouts

Note: This is an updated version of an earlier news release, which had an incorrect headline.

Heavy rain and already high water levels in area creeks and rivers has led to several road closures. St. Louis County Public Works has temporarily closed the following roads until water levels diminish and any damage can be assessed and repaired.


County Road (CR) 860, also known as McAurther Rd, is closed between CR 734/Shipley Road and CR 725/Birch Road  in New Independence Township.


County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 49, also known as Three Lakes Road, is closed between CSAH 15/Munger Shaw Road and CSAH 4/Vermilion Trail in Unorganized Township 53-16.


CR 353, also known as Brimson Toimi Road, is closed between Highway 16 and Little Creek Road in Fairbanks Township.


County Road 165, also known as Swan Lake Road, has restricted access east of CR 170/McGonagle Road in Ness Township. There is water on the road, but residents will be able to use the road to get to their home.


Public Works crews continue to monitor the conditions of the county's 3,000 miles of roads. Anyone who sees a flooded road or unsafe conditions can report it by calling 911.



County Road 860

County Road 860 in New Independence Township is temporarily closed due to two washouts.