The Highway 71 project in Bemidji entered Stage 2, Phase 2 on August 4. Stage 2 is the longest of the four stages. The most significant impacts are closures at Anne St, Irvine Ave on/off ramps and single-lane, head-to-head traffic on Highway 71. Stage 3 is planned to begin mid-August.
Traffic is currently head to head in the newly paved southbound lanes. The north, west and south legs of the roundabout at Anne Street are planned to be open mid-August.
*These plans are presented as an overview and actual construction activities may have to be adjusted as needed.
Summary of work
MnDOT plans to resurface a portion of Highway 71 and make intersection improvements at eight locations between Highway 197 and Winter Sumac Road. The highway is in need of long-term improvements to address intersection safety and aging infrastructure. Learn more about these improvements on the resources page.