Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 2 and Hwy 197 Resurfacing

Bemidji

Project information

Project Update

Lane closures on the Highway 2 bypass in Bemidji begin Monday, May 15 as construction begins on the summer long resurfacing project.

Upcoming Schedule

  • Initial work zone set up and construction of lane crossovers (will take about two weeks)
  • Stage one detour begins around the end of May (will last about a month)

Hwy 2- Bypass (May 15)

Along with resurfacing, the project includes bridge repairs for each of the bridges on the bypass. Most of them will not have additional impacts on motorists because they take place as traffic is shifted to the opposite lanes. However the two bridges on the northern end of the bypass require two separate detours in order to complete:

  • Stage one: Highway 71 southbound bridge connection to the bypass. Detour south on Highway 197 through Bemidji.
  • Stage two: Highway 2 northbound bridge connection to westbound Highway 2. Detour onto Highway 71 exit, then west onto Highway 2.

Hwy 197/Bemidji Ave- Downtown (July 10)

Resurfacing on Highway 197, from Third Street NW to Seventh Street SE, is tentatively scheduled to begin July 10. The project will be done under traffic and motorists can expect lane closures and delays during peak travel times.

 

Hwy 2 and Hwy 197 project information
Highway 2 staged detours

Summary of work

Hwy 2- Bypass

  • Schedule: May 15 - Sept
  • Resurface between Moberg Drive and 1/2 mile west of Hubbard County Line (Airport to Animal Land)
  • Repair bridges

Hwy 197- Downtown

  • Schedule: July 10 - Sept
  • Resurface between 3rd St NW to 7th St SE (Paul and Babe to Lueken's South)
  • Sidewalk, crosswalk and pedestrian access improvements
  • Storm sewer replacement

Traffic impacts

Hwy 2- Bypass

  • Alternating detour for the bridges on the north side of the bypass
    • Hwy 71 southbound bridge connection to the bypass (near Manard's)
      • Detour south on Highway 197 through Bemidji
    • Hwy 2 northbound bridge connection to westbound Highway 2 (near airport)
      • Detour onto Hwy 71 exit, then west onto Highway 2
  • Lane closures

Hwy 197- Downtown

  • Lane closures- (project will begin with the lakeside lanes)

Cost Estimate

Hwy 2- Bypass

  • $5.35 million

Hwy 197- Downtown

  • $2 million