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Category 2: The Rural Highways

2002 Excellence in Highway Design Awards

Category 2: The Rural Highways

Merit Award


Category 2: The Rural Highways Merit Award, image of project TH 61 Silver Creek Cliff Tunnel and North Shore Scenic Highway, near Two Harbors, Minnesota

TH 61 Silver Creek Cliff Tunnel and North Shore Scenic Highway,
near Two Harbors, Minnesota

Designer:
Charles Nelson & Associates, Minneapolis, MN
HNTB Engineers
E&K, Inc.

Contractor:
Johnson Brothers Construction, Litchfield, MN
Frontier-Kemper, Evansville, IN
Traylor Brothers Corporation, Evansville, IN

The TH 61 North Shore Scenic Highway is a 150-mile coastal interregional highway corridor that links northeastern Minnesota with the rest of the state, nation, and Canada. The design and construction of the TH 61 realignment also involved mining a tunnel through Silver Creek Cliff to provide a safe, cost-effective, and state-of-the-art system to replace a dangerous steep and narrow two-lane roadway on the side of the cliff.

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