North Shore Scenic Drive reopen following 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




November 4, 2022

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Hemmila, Public Works Deputy Director



North Shore Scenic Drive (CSAH 61) reopen following emergency repairs

Emergency repairs are complete, and North Shore Scenic Drive, also known as County State Aid Highway 61, has reopened to traffic. The portion of the road near the New Scenic Café had been closed for several weeks while work was done to stabilize the road for the winter. Excessive erosion on the lake side of the highway had caused the slope to become unstable and fail.


A permanent repair will be done next year. The construction schedule is still to be determined. More information on the project can be found online at



hwy 61 support

Emergency repairs are complete to support North Shore Scenice Drive after excessive erosion caused part of the slope to fail.

hwy 61 surface

North Shore Scenic Drive has reopened following emergency repairs necessary due to erosion. Permanent repairs will be done next year.