While the North Shore Scenic Drive, or Highway 61 as it is better known, has amazing scenery and is an awesome drive the road itself does need some help from time to time. The four to five miles of Hwy. 61 that runs through Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is receiving some well-deserved reconstruction during a highway project that began in the spring of 2010.
For those of you who are planning a trip up the shore and to Split Rock Lighthouse this June you will likely have a few minutes delay for the construction work which is now going full tilt. MNDOT and the contractors are promising to keep delays down to 20 minutes so this should just give motorists a better chance to slow down and enjoy the view.
All traffic should be on the new alignment by the end of June and work is scheduled to be completed by August of this year. A real plus is that this will open up some new vistas of Lake Superior and the lighthouse as up drive along the new alignment.