Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 53 rehabilitation, streetscape project

In Koochiching County

Traffic impacts

A rendering of the Hwy 53 International Falls project.

Work on Hwy 53 in International Falls is expected to resume on May 16, 2022. Landscaping and tree planting will be occurring from May 16 until June 1, followed by bench and kiosk installation with projected completion of July 1.

Motorists should expect daytime lane closures with 11’ width, single lane traffic using the center turn lane as a bypass.


Construction work on northbound Hwy 53 for manhole repairs will use the same traffic control pattern between 20th St and 15th St. Additionally, turf establishment and pavement striping north of 7th St is scheduled to occur. The timing for this work has not been established yet, but it is anticipated to be completed by July 1, 2022.

About this project

A rendering of the Hwy 53 International Falls project staging.

A major pavement rehabilitation and streetscape enhancement project is expected to begin summer 2020 in International Falls. The purpose of the project is to address the aging Hwy 53 infrastructure in International Falls. When completed, the project will result in a smoother pavement surface, an improved drainage/storm sewer system, improved ADA compliant pedestrian accessibility, a multi-use trail, new state-of-the-art signal systems, an LED lighting system and other streetscape features.

Summary of work

  • Reconstruct and rehabilitate Hwy 53 in International Falls
  • Accessibility, drainage, safety and visual quality improvements