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News Release
May 4, 2012



MnDOT District 2
3920 Highway 2 West
Bemidji, MN, 56601


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Contaminated soil examination continues on Hwy 59 at Plummer
Detour estimated to remain in place until mid-May


BEMIDJI, Minn. – The excavation and examination of contaminated soil on Hwy 59 at Plummer in Red Lake County continues as crews work to clean up a hazardous spill that occurred March 31 when a semitrailer collided with a train crossing the highway.


Excavation and testing of the material on the Hwy shoulder began this week and will likely continue into early next week to clean out the contaminated soil, requiring Hwy 59 to remain closed until mid-May.


Motorists are warned not to drive around the barricades and should continue using the detour route until Hwy 59 is officially reopened.


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