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News Release
July 6, 2012



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


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Change In Detour Route—Hwy 1 construction from Northome to Effie begins July 9
Work includes resurfacing a portion of Hwy 6


BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists on Hwy 1 will encounter a detour and delays beginning Monday, July 9, while crews resurface the road from Northome to Effie. The project also includes replacing culverts, resurfacing a portion of Hwy 6 north of the junction with Hwy 1 and completing major construction in Effie.


It was previously announced that traffic would be detoured to Koochiching County Road 6, but an emergency change has been made today. From Northome, traffic will detour north on Hwy 71 to Big Falls, then south on State Hwy 6 to the junction with  Hwy 1. Motorists on westbound Hwy 1 from Effie will use the same detour in reverse beginning at the junction with State Hwy 6. The detour is estimated to be in place until approximately July 28.


A public information meeting about the project is set for Monday, July 9, at 6 p.m. in the Effie Community Center, located in the American Legion building, Hwy 38, Effie.


In other project locations, motorists will encounter lane closures and alternate using one lane. Work is scheduled to begin in Effie Tuesday, July 10, and it will require a parking ban and closures on intersecting streets. 


The work in Effie will be complete by mid-September and the overall project will be complete by early November, weather permitting.


Motorists should slow down in all work zones, allow extra time for delays, be alert to flaggers and signing information and watch for workers and heavy equipment.


For statewide construction and road condition information, visit or call 5-1-1.







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