Mille Lacs Lake road to close

Part of Minnesota Highway 18 along the north shore of Mille Lacs Lake will be closed beginning Sept. 13.

Travelers will need to take a detour at Seastade Creek, 5.5 miles west of Malmo. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the road will be closed to through-traffic between U.S. Highway 169 and Minnesota Highway 47.

A 24-mile signed detour will use Highway 169, Aitkin County Road 28, Aitkin County Road 12 and Highway 47. Local businesses and residences along Highway 18 will remain accessible.

Crews will be replacing a bridge spanning Seastade Creek. Highway 18 is scheduled to reopen by Sept. 29, weather permitting.