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Spring Road Conditions Update

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COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA - March 15, , 2019  (LSN)  Following this winter’s snowfall totals, Cook County asks drivers to remain vigilant as localized flooding is expected to continue as the long-range forecast predicts warming temperatures. Cook County Highway Department crews will work through the weekend to continue to thaw culverts, dig ditches, and push ice chunks off several county roads. Springtime truck weight restrictions will begin on Tuesday.

The Highway Department asks drivers to report water over roadways or other issues to the office at 218-387-3014. Afterhours and weekend emergencies may be reported to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office at 218-387-3030. All reports will be added to a growing list of needs, and crews will respond as soon as practicable. 
“Many roads are not built to withstand the pace of this season’s melting, which is further complicated by a mix of daytime thawing and overnight freezing temperatures,” said Cook County Highway Engineer Krysten Foster. “In some neighborhoods, crews may need to thaw the same culvert on consecutive days. All available resources including steaming units, sanding trucks, and graders are working hard to improve road conditions as soon as possible.”

Seasonal Road Restrictions 
Seasonal Road Restrictions will go into effect at 12:01 am, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, and typically remain in effect for a minimum of eight weeks. After that period, road restrictions will be lifted on a case-by-case basis as conditions warrant. All Cook County roads are limited to 5 tons per axle unless otherwise posted. The following roads are posted as follows:
10 Tons per Axle  
CSAH   12   TH 61 to Hedstrom’s Mill    

9 Tons per Axle  
CSAH   2   TH 61 to end of bituminous (FR 164)  
CSAH   4   TH 61 to end of bituminous (FR 164)  
CSAH   5   Entire length  
CSAH   7   Entire length  
CSAH   8   CSAH 12 to CR 27  
CSAH   12   Hedstrom’s Mill to Greenwood Road (FR 309)    

7 Tons per Axle  
CSAH   12   Greenwood Road (FR 309) to Seagull Lake (FR 1355)  
CSAH   16   TH 61 to Hovland Tower Road  
CSAH   17   TH 61, east to Hat Point  
CSAH   18   Entire length  
CSAH   23   TH 61 to CSAH 17    

5 Tons per Axle  
CSAH   1  Entire length  
CSAH   2   Honeymoon Trail (FR 164) to The Grade (FR 170)  
CSAH   12   Seagull Lake (FR 1355) to end  
CSAH   14  Entire length  
CSAH   17   West and north of TH 61 to CR 89 CR   45  
CSAH 7 to Pike Lake  
CR   48   Entire length   All other County roads that are not posted.    

4 Tons per Axle  

CSAH   8   CR 27 to CR 57 
CSAH   16   North of Shoe Lake Road (FR 313)   CR   57 
CSAH 8 to Bally Creek Road 
CR   89   Entire length   CR   74   Entire length

Engineer Foster invites drivers to call the Highway Department with any questions or concerns regarding road conditions.  The Highway Department thanks residents and visitors for your patience amidst challenging conditions.

: Photo courtesy of the Cook County Highway Department.  Cutline, L-R: J. Thompson and W. Hagen use one of the County’s steaming units to thaw a culvert on Croftville Road.**




About Cook County Minnesota

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Cook County is at the tip of Minnesota's Arrowhead region in the remote northeastern part of the state, stretching from the shores of Lake Superior to the US-Canada border. By land it borders Ontario, Canada to the north, and Lake County, MN to the west.  The highest point in Minnesota, Eagle Mountain is 2,301 feet and the highest lake,  Total Area equals 3,339.72 sq miles

Cook County is home to three national protected areas:
Grand Portage National Monument
Superior National Forest
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Cook County include:
 Grand Marais     Lutsen Mountains
 Gunflint Trail      Superior Hiking Trail
 Grand Portage 

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