MN. --- The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) is
asking drivers to slow down and be prepared for changing traffic
conditions as works gets underway on Phase IV of the reconstruction
of Highway 197, also known as Paul Bunyan Drive, in Bemidji.
to Jim Bittmann, Mn/DOT Project Engineer, the scope of the work
will extend from 1st Street and Gemmel Avenue to the Mississippi
River Bridge near Pamida.
changes would include diverting traffic to one lane in each direction
on the newly opened bridge over the Mississippi River as work
in the connection from Highway 197 to "old Midway Drive"
gets started. Other changes the public will see as work progresses
is the temporary closing of Cross Street for storm sewer work
and paving, the Gemmel Avenue connection will be rebuilt following
the removal of the old rail crossing and two southbound lanes
near Valvoline will also be closed to accommodate construction.
this portion of the work would last through the end of October
with plans to work on lakeshore stabilization over the winter
months. The final bituminous course on the reconstruction of Highway
197 will be done next year along with the completion of a bike
and pedestrian walkway near Lake Bemidji.
road condition and construction information, dial 511 or log on
in the WORK ZONE Together