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News Release

April 14, 2008


Reconstruction and detour of Highway 197 in Bemidji starts April 21; public information meetings scheduled

     

 

BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Transportation cautions motorists to be prepared for traffic delays this spring and summer as work gets underway to reconstruct Highway 197 (also known as Bemidji Avenue) from Third Street to 23rd Street in Bemidji.

Mn/DOT, in partnership with the city of Bemidji, will begin the project on Monday, April 21. The affected area of Highway 197 will be closed with traffic detoured onto Irvine Avenue for the duration of the project. All residents living along Irvine Avenue are reminded that no parking will be allowed on the street.

The public is invited to weekly public information meetings beginning Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the Mn/DOT Headquarters, 3920 Highway 2 West, Bemidji. Beginning Thursday, April 24, and every Thursday for the duration of the project, all public information meetings will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Mn/DOT. A project Web site will also provide weekly updates at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d2/construction197.html.

For statewide road condition and construction information, dial 511 or log on to www.511mn.org.

 

  Contact:
Karen Bedeau
Public Affairs Coordinator
218/755-6552
 

District 2
Bemidji / Crookston
3920 Highway 2 West
Bemidji, MN 56601
Tel: 218/755-6500
Fax: 218/755-6512
Road Condition Information:
www.511mn.org