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News Release
Oct. 27, 2011




Minnesota Department of Transportation

District 2 Bemidji
3920 Hwy 2 West

Bemidji, MN, 56601


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Paving on Hwy 71 south of Bemidji nears completion
Motorists alerted to lane switches, temporary 4-way stop


BEMIDJI, Minn. – Paving on the newly constructed southbound lanes of Hwy 71 south of Bemidji is expected to be complete Oct. 28 allowing traffic to be switched, according to Larry Randall, MnDOT project supervisor.


To accommodate the traffic switch, motorists will encounter temporary 4-way stops at the Hwy 2 ramp intersections at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 until the traffic signal for the south bound traffic is activated later that day.


Motorists will experience temporary lane closures beginning Oct. 29 as crews finish paving  the new northbound lanes.. All paving is expected to be completed by Oct. 31, weather permitting.


Final pavement markings and rumble strips will be installed for both north and south bound lanes beginning the week of Oct. 31.

Motorists can expect workers and equipment in the work zone for the next 1-2 weeks and intermittent lane closures with flag persons.


The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists use extreme caution in the work zone during the traffic switch and to be alert to changing traffic patterns.


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