MnDOT is reconstructing the intersection of Highway 71 and Hubbard County Road 15 in Park Rapids, as well as completing pedestrian accessibility improvements on Highway 71, from Hubbard County Road 15 to Eighth Street in Park Rapids.
Weekly public meetings will be held Thursdays at 9am during construction. The meetings will be held at the Hubbard County Highway Department located at 101 Crocus Hill St. in Park Rapids.
(Updated October 4, 2019)
The Highway 71 project in Park Rapids final phase 3 is under way. Crews are currently installing the storm sewer in the roundabout on Highway 71 at the intersection with Hubbard County Roads 15 and 53 in Park Rapids.
Once storm sewer and grading are complete, crews will then move to the next step of graveling, followed by concrete. The project remains on schedule, expecting to be complete by the end of October. Motorists traveling on Highway 71 will use the Phase 3 detour.
Key project elements
- Intersection revision, including roundabout construction
- Pedestrian accessibility improvements
- Grading and resurfacing
- Storm sewer updates
- City water main and sanitary sewer updates
Phase 1: Motorists will experience an intersection closure at 11th Street and Pleasant Avenue for approximately one week as crews begin road improvements on 11th Street.
Phase 2: A detour will begin for Highway 71 as motorists use County Road 53, Pleasant Avenue and Eighth Street. This phase includes grading and resurfacing north to Eighth Street, storm sewer replacement, and along with the City of Park Rapids, resurfacing and replacement of frontage roads, sanitary sewer and watermains. This phase is estimated to be complete by late August or early September.
Phase 3: During this final phase, crews will complete the construction of the roundabout at the intersection of County Roads 15 and 53.