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Deerwood to Aitkin Road Work Begins

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Periodic stops, lane closures on Highway 210 Deerwood to Aitkin

Weekdays through June

On Monday, June 21, motorists can expect some delays on Highway 210 between east junction Highway 6 in Deerwood and Ninth Avenue West, in west Aitkin, as crews begin to prepare work areas and test concrete road sections for the upcoming four-month road project.

Work will occur weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. through June. Motorists will encounter flaggers with alternate one-way traffic through the work zone. Be prepared to stop or slow down. Pay attention and expect locations to change throughout the day.

Weekdays July 6 through late-October

MnDOT will begin roadwork on 9 miles of Highway 210 between east junction Highway 6 in Deerwood and in the west end of Aitkin on Tuesday, July 6. The project will repair and smoothen the concrete road surface, repave shoulders, and replace or repair underground pipes.

Crews will need to close one lane at a time to make concrete surface repairs and allow for 24-hour cure time. These impacts will occur each week between Monday morning and 3 p.m. Friday afternoon until late-October:

  • Eastbound Highway 210 travels through the work zone between Deerwood and Aitkin. Motorists will encounter one lane one-way traffic through the work zone. Look out for reduced speeds, lane shifts, flaggers and equipment. Access will be open to local traffic within the work zone, however, expect changes. Note: When entering from side streets or entrances onto Highway 210, drivers must go east through the one-way work zone.
  • Westbound Highway 210 will detour between Aitkin and Deerwood. Motorists will follow detour signs along Highway 169 Aitkin to Bennettville, then Aitkin County Road 11 and Crow Wing County Road 14 to Highway 6 Bay Lake, back to Highway 210 Deerwood.

All lanes on Highway 210 will be open on weekends—eastbound and westbound.

Watch for construction road signs, expect changes, and never go in areas closed with barricades. For more Highway 210 roadwork information, visit

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When complete in late October, the project will provide a smoother ride, reduce maintenance costs, and improve overall roadside drainage.