About the project
In 2019, MnDOT conducted an in-depth corridor study which ultimately resulted in the proposal of a roundabout corridor. That preferred alternative didn’t garner enough community support and was ultimately voted against by the Bemidji City Council.
A renewed effort in 2021 was an attempt to start over. A resurfacing project has to take place in the future regardless, because the pavement will reach the end of its service life. Understanding this, MnDOT's goal is to develop a plan that includes community supported multi-modal improvements that will increase the safety and vitality of the corridor for motorists, businesses, bicyclists and pedestrians.
In order to find community supported solutions we partnered with the Headwaters Regional Development Commission to lead a more collaborative approach. A Community Review Panel spent the better part of a year developing a new vision. Their final vision was supported by the Bemidji City Council for further development.
In late 2022 MnDOT will begin designing a project to meet that vision.