Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 71- Safety Improvements


Project update

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.

Beltrami County Fair (August 10-14) route

Graphic showing all of the Stage 2 construction activities

The Highway 71 construction project in Bemidji will begin Stage 2, Phase 2 in early August

Traffic Impacts

August 5 - weekly update

July 29 - weekly update

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June 16 - weekly update

June 10 - weekly update

June 2- weekly update

May 26- weekly update

Previous project updates and construction staging details can be found on the construction page

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About this project

Hwy 71 in Bemidji
The Highway 71 project includes intersection improvements at nine locations.

Construction began May 16 and will last into October.

This is a complex construction project that requires a lot of different staging changes. Refer to the Construction page for an overview of the staging plans.

You can also check out this interactive construction staging map.

*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.