Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 71 Reconstruction


Road closed, through traffic detoured

Click here for detour map. Detour June2 - Oct. 31, 2014 Click here for enlarged summary of work map Click here for detour map Summary of work map - click to get larger image

MnDOT and the city of Browerville are partnering together to reconstruct Hwy 71 through town.

Work crews are now reconstructing Hwy 71 from 4th St to Drayer Creek, south of 1st Street--Stage 3 , south of 1st Street. Stay out of closed work areas and follow signs for local access.

Traffic impacts, detour

  • Hwy 71 will be close to through traffic from Todd CR 14 to north of 11th St in Browerville (8 miles, adds 3 miles to trip)
    • Detour uses CR 14 south of Browerville to CR 11 to Clarissa
  • Locals traffic may encounter lane/road closures with short detours or flaggers directing traffic
  • Access to businesses and residences will be maintained

Work schedule - now in Stage 2

Stage I 7th St to Harris Creek, north of 11th St COMPLETE
Stage 2 4th Street to 7th St in downtown area COMPLETE
Stage 3 Drayer Creek, south of 1st St, to 4th St Mid-Sept - Oct. 31

Summary of work

  • Reconstruct Hwy 71/Main Ave, includes sidewalks, curbs and gutters
  • Replace underground utilities, includes city watermain
  • Install emergency vehicle entering flasher system at 7th St
  • Upgrade school pedestrian crosswalk flasher system at 6th St
  • Reconstruct 5th St from Gillis Ave to Railroad Ave
  • Resurface the alley behind the gas station
  • Upgrade street lighting to LED


  • $4.3 million


  • Smoother ride
  • Improved pedestrian and motorist safety
  • Upgraded city utilities and infrastructure