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News Release

May 7, 2002

Mn/DOT is Asking Pedestrians and Fishermen to Keep Away From the Construction Zone Under and Near the Trunk Highway 197 Bridge Project in Bemidji

     
Bemidji, Mn. --- The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) is asking for the cooperation of pedestrians and fishermen to avoid the construction area under and near the Trunk Highway 197 bridge project in Bemidji.

Mn/DOT has installed erosion control fencing in the area to prevent possible damage to the environment but there is risk when the fence is pulled on or knocked down. People should be aware that any construction zone is dangerous and should keep clear of any equipment in the area.

Duane Hill, Mn/DOT Bridge Engineer said, "boat traffic is allowed to pass through the Mississippi River channel between Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving during construction although boaters can expect to be delayed once the new bridge beams are being put in place."

Mn/DOT would like to remind the public to slow down and keep alert when passing through any and all construction zones.

    Contact:
Karen Bedeau
Public Affairs Coordinator
218/755-4086
 

District 2
Bemidji / Crookston
3920 Highway 2 West
PO Box 490
Bemidji, MN 56619
Tel: 218/755-3800
Fax: 218/755-2028
Road Condition Information: 218/755-3816

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