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News Release
Updated May 1, 2009

Workzone at night

Roadway, safety improvements scheduled
for Highway 210 from Hewitt to Staples

BAXTER, Minn. - Motorists should plan for delays as road work gets underway on a 15-mile stretch of Highway 210, from Wisconsin Avenue east of Hewitt to Dakota Avenue in Staples in Todd County. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, May 11.

This season's work includes:

  • Mill and overlay a new blacktop road surface, including shoulders and turn lanes
  • Repair culverts
  • Construct a new right turn lane at 193rd Avenue, six miles east of Hewitt
  • Construct a westbound right turn lane at Todd County Highway 21, west of Staples

Traffic will be reduced to a single lane through the work zone, controlled by a pilot car and flaggers. All work will be done during daylight hours.

Widseth Smith Nolting of Baxter is administering the construction contract for this $2.3 million pavement preservation and safety improvement project. Anderson Brothers Construction of Brainerd is the prime contractor.

Work is expected to be complete by early July, weather permitting.

For updated statewide traffic, construction, weather and travel information, visit www.511mn.org.


Traveling safely through the work zone

Pilot Car Safety

This construction project will be using a signed car to lead traffic through the construction work area at a safe speed. This car is called a pilot car. A “PILOT CAR FOLLOW ME” sign will be displayed on the rear of this vehicle.

There will be only one lane of traffic open during this construction project. A flagger will release traffic to follow the pilot car to the other end of construction where a second flagger will be holding traffic from the opposing lane. Traffic will only be released to a pilot car going in the same direction.

If you are entering the roadway where crews are working by a driveway or intersection, you must wait for the pilot car and vehicles following to pass you. Then you must travel in the same direction as the pilot car.

Do not travel in the opposite direction of the pilot car and the vehicles following it.


Pilot Car Safety Graphic


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