Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 371—east of Gull Lake, Brainerd

Gull Lake Dam Rd. to Green Gables Rd., Crow Wing County

Work operations suspend Aug. 12-22

Due to the high number of visitors to the Brainerd Lakes Area for the Lucas Oil NHRA at the Brainerd International Raceway along Hwy 371, the contractor will suspend work operations by early afternoon Friday, Aug. 12 until late morning Monday, Aug. 22. Off-road work may occur.

Travelers should be prepared for heavy traffic volumes in the Brainerd Lakes area this week on area roads. Be prepared for stop-and-go traffic, reduced speeds and extra law enforcement in the area. Be patient at traffic signals as they may not be equipped to handle the higher volumes and will have to wait through more than one signal cycle. Use alternate routes to avoid delays. Check 511mn.org before you go.

Reconstruct, improve access

Expect roadwork on both directions of Hwy 371 from south of Gull Lake Dam Rd. (Crow Wing Co. Rd. 125) to north of Green Gables Rd. (Co. Rd. 126) until Nov. 1, 2022.

Impacts

  • Weekends, holidays and Aug 12-22: Open to four lanes
  • Weekdays: Lane closures
    • Overall:
      • Periodic lane closures at off-peak hours
      • No shoulders, narrow lanes
      • Reduced speeds and law enforcement on site
      • Lanes shifts within work zone
  • Access will be open to businesses, residents and visitors, however expect changes and use of alternate accesses, gravel surfaces:
    • Hwy 371 will be open to BIR at Birchdale Rd. or Landmark Dr.
    • Expect use of flaggers while crews work at side roads, entrances or frontage roads along Hwy 371
    • Note: To access opposite direction of Hwy 371 (northbound or southbound) from side road/entrance, turn right and continue on Hwy 371 to the next open median U-turn. Then continue northbound or southbound on Hwy 371.

Future impacts

  • Late summer: Hwy 371 access will close temporarily at Green Gables Rd. to replace a pipe (5-8 days). Detour to use Hartley Lake Rd. and Gull Lake Dam Rd. Detour map (PDF)
  • September: Reconstruct BIR entrance at Birchdale Rd.

About this project

MnDOT will reconstruct and improve access and safety along this busy stretch of Hwy 371 from south of Gull Lake Dam Rd. to north of Green Gables Rd., east of Gull Lake, Brainerd.

Summary of work

Project location map
Improve access on Hwy 371 from Gull Lake Dam Rd. and Green Gables Rd. Click on map for PDF
  • Install three reduced conflict intersections (RCIs) at:
    • Gull Lake Dam Rd. (Co. Rd. 125)
    • Birchdale Rd. (BIR main entrance)
    • Green Gables Rd. (Co. Rd. 126)
  • Resurface work areas with new asphalt, includes shoulders, turn-lanes and adjacent connections
  • Replace underground pipes and repair ditch drainage
  • Extend and reconstruct the east frontage road to connect Birchdale Rd. and Gull Lake Dam Rd.
  • Extend and reconstruct the west frontage road to connect Gull Lake Dam Rd. to north of Susanville Dr. NW (old drive-in movie entrance)