Road preservation projects scheduled for area highways
BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists can expect brief delays on area Hwys beginning Monday, July 8, as contractor crews complete preventive maintenance seal coating projects to extend the life of the pavement surface on Hwys 2 and 200 in Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard and Polk counties.
During this work, a pilot car and flaggers will control traffic, and motorists should plan for daily lane closures in the area where crews are working. Drivers are urged to slow down and be alert for loose gravel and oil spraying in these areas. The work zone speed limit is 40 mph.
Crews will be working during daylight hours between sunrise and sunset.
The Hwy segments scheduled for the preventative maintenance include:
- Hwy 2 east-bound lanes from Bagley to Fosston (approximately 12 miles)
- Hwy 200 from south of Zerkel to the western intersection with Hwy 71 (approximately 12 miles)
- Hwy 200 from Kabekona to one mile west of Laporte (approximately 5 miles)
- Hwy 200 from Laporte to Hwy 371 (approximately 8 miles)
Once work is completed on one segment of roadway, crews will move to the next section in the order outlined above, until the project is completed. The work is expected to be done by mid- to late July, weather permitting.
Asphalt Surface Technologies Corporation (ASTECH), based in St. Cloud is the prime contractor for this $1.07 million preventive maintenance project consisting of nearly 37 miles of roadway repair.
MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, and reminds them to slow down in the work zone and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.