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Are you or someone you know, in need of transportation assistance? Are you interested in learning more about what transportation options are available? Do you have ideas or input that you feel would benefit our Transportation Advisory Board as we move forward in the planning phase of the East Central Regional Transportation Coordinating Council? If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, please join us in attending one of four public meetings:

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Interstate 35 Road Resurfacing Project Underway

Interstate 35 Road Resurfacing project in Chisago County.  I’m emailing today to provide nearby communities a project update and to also ask for your assistance on getting the word out about the 2019 construction.


An eight-mile section of I-35 between the City of Harris and the Chisago/Pine County line will undergo concrete pavement work beginning April 2019.  The project work will also include replacing cable median barriers, installing rumble strips and updating drainage and lighting.  The improvements will enhance safety, improve traffic flow and provide a smoother riding surface. I’ve attached an I-35 project fact sheet outlining the work for your convenience.


During the construction, I-35 will be restricted to a single lane of traffic in each direction with construction occurring in two stages (see attached fact sheet for anticipated schedule).


The Rush City interchange ramp access will be maintained in both directions with two exceptions.  In June 2019, crews anticipate a 2-4 week closure to reconstruct the southbound exit and entrance ramps.  Additionally, crews anticipate closing the northbound exit and entrance ramps for 2-4 weeks in September 2019 for reconstruction. Detour signage will be posted during the ramp closures. The project is expected to be complete by fall 2019, weather permitting.


Please encourage your employees and residents to stay up-to-date on specific closure dates and traffic impacts by signing up for email updates at the project website:  www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35harris/index.html


If you have print or online newsletters and/or a utility bill mailing, please consider including information regarding this construction project.  If you need a short article, I’d be glad to assist.

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance during this much needed work. 

For detailed information please click here Detailed Information

Denise Workcuff :: Metro Communications & Engagement ::

Minnesota Department of Transportation :: Phone-voice: 651.234.7502




Are you interested in serving on the North Branch City Council?

With Jim Swenson’s election as North Branch’s Mayor, there is a City Council vacancy. The Council will appoint a resident to fill the unexpired term which runs until December 2020.

Qualifications for filling this vacancy are:

  • You are eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • You are or will be assuming office in February 2019, and as of that month you are 21 years of age or more
  • You maintained residence in the City of North Branch for at least 30 days before the appointment is made
  • You are not a full-time, permanent employee of the City

Application Deadline is 4:30pm January 30, 2019.  Call Renae Fry with any questions at 651-674-8113 or email renaef@ci.north-branch.mn.us

Interviews will be held on February 5, 2019 between the hours of 12:00 pm - 6:00pm.  The Council is expected to appoint the new Council member at their February 12, 2019 meeting.

Application is located on the City’s website: www.ci.north-branch.mn.us and can be clicked here to access it. Please click on the link Application

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