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News Release

July 30, 2004

Motorists advised of traffic delays and lane closures on U.S. Trunk Highway 2 from Wilton to CSAH 11 on the northwest end of Bemidji beginning Monday, August 2nd


Bemidji, MN. -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) is advising motorists to expect some traffic delays and lane closures on Trunk Highway 2 from Wilton to CSAH 11 on the northwest end of Bemidji as construction gets underway next week for resurfacing and other safety improvements.

According to Bill Pirkl, Mn/DOT Project Engineer, the work consists of milling the surface of both the east bound and west bound lanes of Highway 2 and applying a new overlay of bituminous and conducting guardrail repair. Also included in the project are the installation of an acceleration lane for traffic coming off of CSAH 9 and entering Highway 2, and the installation of overhead lighting at the junction with Highway 89.

Pirkl said, "Traffic is being restricted to one lane and motorists are warned to slow down for reduced speeds, obey all traffic signing instructions and drive with extreme caution through the work zone." Pirkl anticipates the project to be complete by mid-September, weather permitting.

Mn/DOT is reminding drivers that speeding through a work zone is a double fine under Minnesota law. Speeding, inattentive driving and tailgating are the three main reasons for work zone crashes.

For road condition and construction information dial 511 or log unto www.511mn.org.


Work Zones. Pay Attention or Pay the Price.


Karen Bedeau
Public Affairs Coordinator

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:
dial 511 or
log on to www.511mn.org