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News Release

July 14 , 2005

Resurfacing of Trunk Highway 71 south of CSAH 9 scheduled to begin Monday, July 18th ; detour required


Bemidji, Mn. -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) is announcing the start of a resurfacing project on Highway 71 from the east junction with Highway 200 at Kabekona Corner to the junction with Hubbard County Highway 9 (South Plantagenet Road), beginning Monday, July 18th.

Mn/DOT Project Engineer Bill Pirkl, said the work will consist of a cold in place bituminous recycling process, replacing centerline culverts, and installing bypass and turn lanes at several locations.

Traffic will be detoured in two phases to accommodate culvert replacement operations. First phase will start Monday, July 18th, and will utilize CSAH 36 from Highway 200 north to CSAH 16 and on CSAH 16 from CSAH 36 west to Highway 71. The first phase detour is expected to be removed July 29th. The second phase of the detour expected to start on August 1st, will utilize CSAH 16 from Highway 71 east to CSAH 36, on CSAH 36 from CSAH 16 north to CSAH 9, and on CSAH 9 from CSAH 36 west to Trunk Highway 71. The anticipated removal date for the second phase detour is August 11th.

The remaining portion of the project will be done under traffic and motorists will be guided through the work zone by a pilot car. Drivers are asked to be extremely patient and plan ahead for delays which could last up to 15 minutes. Flagging operations will also be used for the duration of the project.

Pirkl added, "Weekly public meetings regarding construction progress and other concerns will be held on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. at the project trailer site located at Gladen Construction on Highway 71 south. " All interested individuals are encouraged to attend. Northstar Materials of Bemidji is the prime contractor.

The work is expected to be complete by October 8th, contingent upon weather conditions.

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Karen Bedeau
Public Affairs Coordinator

District 2
Bemidji / Crookston
3920 Highway 2 West
Bemidji, MN 56601
Tel: 218/755-3800
Fax: 218/755-2028
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