‘Design build’ process is unique

    MnDOT will hold an open house Wednesday, July 23 at Crookston City Hall to explain the Crookston Sixth Street landslide stabilization project. Questions and comments from the public are encouraged.   

    The open house will begin at 5 p.m.   

    This project focuses on stabilizing the slope between the Red Lake River and U.S. Highway 2 from Groveland Avenue to Pine Street. More than a decade since the major slope failure in September 2003 that resulted in homes and a motel being demolished, the slope has been gradually sliding toward the Red Lake River.  Stabilization of this slope is needed to protect the safety and integrity of Highway 2.   

    MnDOT is using an innovative "design-build" process on the project, which allows design work to be done concurrently with construction. This allows the project to be more flexible and save money.   

    The open house will include representatives from MnDOT and Nicholson Construction, the prime contractor on the project.   

    The construction schedule is as follows:   

    • Geotechnical investigation & installing instrumentation- June to July
    • Preconstruction monitoring of the slope- July to August
    • Minor prep work- June to July
    • Construction including excavation and shear wall construction- August to October
    • Landscaping and turf establishment- spring to summer of 2015   

    Details on the project can be found at