Repairs being made on Beatty Road in preparation for next season construction

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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




August 10, 2023

MEDIA CONTACT: Rick Kalish, Project Supervisor



Repairs being made on Beatty Road in preparation for next season construction

St. Louis County Public Works crews are making improvements to Beatty Road in Beatty Township north of Cook that is resulting in temporary closures of the road. The project began in July and is expected to continue until mid-September. 


The work is focused on approximately three-tenths of a mile of the road between County Roads 24 and 540. This section continues to settle due to originally being built on peat. To resolve the issue prior to next year's planned repaving of the road, county crews are adding fill weight to consolidate the peat deposits. This is best done by loading it in multiple lifts. The additional weight will force out the excess moisture and compress the solids to stabilize the road.


Because of this process, the road is being closed for three days at a time as material is being placed and the road graded. It is then re-opened to traffic for approximately two weeks, and then the process is repeated. Beatty Road, which has been closed several days this week, is expected to reopen today (Thursday). It is next expected to close August 28-30.


During the temporary closures, detour signs are posted directing people to use County Roads 24 and 431.


Beatty Road is scheduled for improvements during the 2024 construction season, including a process called reclaim and overlay for this particular section. This season's work is needed to ensure next year's work is successful.



Beatty Road

Beatty Road north of Cook will re-open Thursday, but then close again August 28-30, as work is being done in preparation for more signifcant improvements that are scheduled for the 2024 construction season.