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News Release
July 22, 2011




Minnesota Department of Transportation

District 2 Bemidji
3920 Hwy 2 West

Bemidji, MN, 56601


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Hwy 34 construction from Park Rapids to Akeley resumes

Detour set up for Phase 2


BEMIDJI, Minn. – Construction on Hwy 34 from Park Rapids to Akeley resumed July 21 after a three-week government shutdown. 


Central Specialties Contracting was ready to start up operations as soon as word was received from MnDOT to proceed.


The Phase 2 detour from the junction of Hwy 34 and Hwy 226 to Akeley was scheduled to start July 6, but began July 21. Motorists traveling east on Hwy 34 will be detoured south on County Road 11 for approximately six miles, then east on Hwy 87 for approximately 13 miles, then north on Hwy 64 for approximately 11 miles to Akeley. Motorists traveling east to Nevis will have access via County Road 17 and County Road 13.


The end date for the detour was scheduled for Sept. 2, but will be revised.


For information on state road conditions and construction, visit or call 5-1-1.






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