Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 17, 2019

Construction begins on Hwy 71 from Blackduck to Koochiching county line

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Construction will begin on Highway 71 from Blackduck to the Koochiching county line beginning Monday, May 20. This work will take place until approximately mid-July. Traffic will be detoured onto Highway 72 and Highway 1.

During this time, crews will complete grading and resurfacing. They will also construct turn lanes, bypass lanes, replace sidewalks, replace culverts as well as make improvements to pedestrian ramps and accessibility.

Motorists can expect delays and should obey traffic control.

The project will benefit the highway with better safety, longer lasting road, improved pedestrian accessibility and drainage.

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