North Shore Scenic Drive (CSAH 61) to close for emergency repairs

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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




October 4, 2022

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Hemmila, Public Works Deputy Director



North Shore Scenic Drive (CSAH 61) to close for emergency repairs

North Shore Scenic Drive, also known as County State Aid Highway 61, will close for emergency repairs beginning Tuesday, October 11. Erosion on the lake side of the highway is causing the slope to fail.


The road will be closed to all through traffic for approximately five weeks while temporary repairs are made to support the road through the winter. A permanent repair will be done next spring.


The project is in the vicinity of the Scenic Café. Detour signs will be posted directing traffic to use Ryan Road, State Highway 61, and Homestead Road as an alternate route. Access to homes and to the restaurant will be maintained throughout the month.


More information on the project can be found online at




CSAH 61 repairs needed

A portion of North Shore Scenic Drive, will be closing for emergency repairs that are needed due to a failing slope on the lake side. The project site is near the Scenic Cafe, and detour signs will be posted.

Scenic 61 detour map

This map shows the detour route while North Shore Scenice Drive is closed for emergency repairs. The road closure and detour is expected to last approximatley five weeks.