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Is Hwy 8 construction and associated traffic back-ups improving any (especially during the 4:30-6:30 PM weekday period), or is it still pretty messy?

Thanks in advance

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Still a huge ugly mess... I dont see it changing any time in the next month or so.! frown.gifmad.gif

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Bad any time of the day, taking 97 out of forest lake to lofton of olinda trail is not bad.

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Turn right at 23 (by the driving range)

Follow 23 past the Green Lake access, up the hill, down the hill and around to the right and you'll see county road 85.

Take county road 85 to the right (only way it goes) and follow it around the south end of Chisago Lake.

About 3 miles and you'll come to an intersection with a little housing development on your left on the hill, take a left there.

Follow that road to the left to the "T" in the road and take another left. That's Olinda Trail and will take you to the DQ in Lindstrom on highway 8.

It'll get you past Chisago and Lindstrom and most of the road work, just not the work that's going on between Lindstrom and Center City, which will probably be the worst for the rest of the summer, now that they're putting a new connection between South Center and North Center, opening it better for boat traffic.

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lwnman is right, but, the road you turn off of 23 is 83. You take 83 to 85(road on left). Or you can take 83 right to Olinda Trl (only about 3/4 mile further). The roads are a mess, and even worse when you have to do it day after day.

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If your final destination is past the construction area I would recommend taking 35 to the Stacy exit. Go through Stacy and stay on this until the road comes to a "T". Go right and you run into highway 8 at the Hardees just past the construction. It is a couple miles longer but is definitely at least 10 minutes shorter. Good luck.

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You COULD do that, but about 2 miles of county road 19 (out of Stacy, before you get to Lindstrom) is all tore up as well.

Best thing to do to get away from the construction around Hwy 8??? Head to Detroit Lakes. smile.gif

Sorry about the wrong road earlier too. Grow up in an area and you learn to turn "past the red shovel, over Martin's outhouse, yada yada yada" Never look at actual road signs smirk.gif

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