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September 29 , 2004

Mn/DOT to Take Environmental Protective Measures in Preparation of the Reconstruction of Trunk Highway 64, South of Akeley During 2005 and 2006


Bemidji, MN. - The Northwest District of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) will be reconstructing portions of Trunk Highway 64 south of Akeley during 2005 and 2006 and plans are underway to take protective measures of the state flowers that are in the path of construction.

According to Larry Puchalski, Mn/DOT Northwest District Environmental Coordinator, "as part of Mn/DOT's commitment to environmental stewardship, approximately 75-100 Showy Lady Slippers will be removed this Friday from the ditches along Trunk Highway 64 where construction will take place over the next several years." Puchalski said the flowers would be relocated to the University of Minnesota Arboretum in Chaska.

Puchalski added, "In addition to the removal and transplanting of the Lady Slippers, a tree protection plan has been drawn up for areas of the new highway alignment in an attempt to save as many of the large trees and native plant communities as possible while not compromising safety."

Puchalski said when the current roadway is obliterated, the area will be restored to wetlands where possible and the upland areas will be replanted with a combination of salvaged trees, transplants and native seed mixes to restore the area to a more natural appearance.

The reconstruction of Highway 64 during 2005 will extend from Highway 34 in Akeley, south to the junction with Hubbard County Rd. 33. Reconstruction in 2006 will extend from County Rd. 33 to the north junction with Trunk Highway 87. Both projects will require traffic detours during construction.

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



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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