Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 71

Bemidji

Construction

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Highway 71 Bemidji: Tentative staging plan

MnDOT will resurface Highway 71 and make intersection improvements at eight locations between Highway 197 and Winter Sumac Road. The project begins May 16 and is estimated to last until October. It will be completed in four general stages.

Check out the project staging maps below, or scroll through a virtual staging map.

Project stages

  • Stage 1: Prepare the alternate routes
  • Stage 2: Construct most of the roundabout, begin Hwy 71 resurfacing
  • Stage 3: Construct the remaining leg of the roundabout, continue Hwy 71 resurfacing
  • Stage 4: Finish off the corridor

Construction staging plan

Before construction on the roundabout can start, improvements need to be made in order to accommodate detoured traffic in the subsequent stages. These will be completed in 3 phases:

graphic of three-lane section

  • Realign Hannah Ave (to meet up with Minnkota)
  • Intersection improvements at Fern St
  • Replace culvert on Technology Dr

    graphic of three-lane section

  • Intersection improvements at Minnkota Ave and Anne St

    graphic of three-lane section

  • Completion of Hwy 71 bypass lane (on the east side of Hwy 71)
  • Hwy 71 is open to thru traffic. Motorists access Anne St via Fern St

Highway 71

    graphic of three-lane section

  • Southbound lanes are closed
  • Traffic shifts to single lane, head-to-head traffic on the northbound lanes

Anne Street

    graphic of three-lane section

  • Construct the north, west and south legs of the roundabout
  • Reconstruct Anne St, detour onto Minnkota Ave, Technology Dr or Bardwell Dr
  • Hwy 71 is open to thru traffic via temporary intersection bypass

Irvine Avenue on/off ramps

    graphic of three-lane section

  • Repave the southbound on/off ramps at Irvine Ave
  • Follow posted detour routes to Glidden Rd or Lakewood Ave
  • During this phase, work also occurs at Glidden Rd and Lakewood Dr with alternating closures. When work is occurring at one, the posted detour will direct to the other

Highway 71

    graphic showing traffic shifting to the southbound lanes

  • Northbound lanes are closed
  • Traffic shifts to single lane, head-to-head traffic on the southbound lanes

Anne Street

    graphic of three-lane section

  • Construction continues on the north, west and south legs of the roundabout
  • Access to Anne St via detour on Fern St
  • Hwy 71 is open to thru traffic via temporary intersection bypass

Irvine Avenue on/off ramps

    graphic of three-lane section

  • Repave the northbound on/off ramps at Irvine Ave
  • Follow posted detour routes to Glidden Rd or Lakewood Ave
  • During this phase, work also occurs at Glidden Rd and Lakewood Dr with alternating closures. When work is occurring at one, the posted detour will direct to the other

Highway 71

    graphic showing traffic shifting to the southbound lanes

  • Northbound lanes are closed
  • Traffic shifts to single lane, head-to-head traffic on the southbound lanes

Anne Street

    graphic of three-lane section

  • Construct the east leg of the roundabout
  • Continue Hwy 71 improvements
  • Hwy 71 is open to thru traffic. Motorists access Anne St via Fern St

  • Finish construction on the rest of Hwy 71 corridor

view of the final roundabout layout