Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 30, 2014

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Detour on Hwy 2/71 along the Bemidji bypass begins June 6

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists on Trunk Hwy (TH) 2/71 in northwestern Minnesota will experience a detour from Friday, June 6 through Monday, June 9 as crews remove the bridge deck of the 15th Street Bridge over the Bemidji bypass.  Later this summer, there will be a need to shift traffic on the TH 2 bypass at the bridge site in order to construct the new bridge deck. 

The detour for westbound traffic on TH 2 and northbound TH 71 will follow 5th Street (County Road 7) west to Adams Street (County Road 11) north, following it to its junction with TH 2 and the airport road. Northbound TH 71 and eastbound TH 197 traffic will then proceed east on TH 2.  Eastbound TH 2 and southbound TH 71 will follow the detour in the opposite direction.

15th Street over TH 2/71 will also experience a long-term detour beginning on June 4 when the 15th Street bridge closes. 

The detour of 15th Street from the east (Bemidji) will follow 15th Street west to Middle School Drive north, follow TH 197 west onto TH 2, and then Adams Avenue (County Road 11) south. This detour will end in late August, weather permitting.

Redstone Construction of Mora is the contractor on the project. The project will construct a new bridge deck for the 15th Street bridge.

Motorists should always drive with caution, slowdown in work zones, and never enter a road or lane blocked with barriers or cones. For more updates on this, and other projects in the region, log onto www.511mn.org for real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota.