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News Release
Updated Sept. 4, 2009

Workzone at night

Expect delays on Highway 27 east of Osakis

BAXTER, Minn. - Motorists need to be prepared for delays as a road preservation project continues on Highway 27 from the Douglas/Todd County line east of Osakis to Highway 71.

Crews will resurface the roadway, including shoulders, and install or repair culverts and guardrails.

Traffic will be single-lane through the work zone controlled by a pilot car and flaggers. Work will be done Monday through Friday during daylight hours and occasionally on Saturday.

The short-term detour/closure was lifted on Sept. 4. The closure was necessary to allow crews to raise the level of the roadway in the Faille Lake area and replace culverts. Motorists may still encounter lane closures as crews continue with paving operations.

Motorists are reminded to obey all traffic signs and personnel and to never go through areas closed off with barricades.

Knife River Corp. of Sauk Rapids is the prime contractor for the $2.4 million road improvement project.

The entire project is slated to be complete by mid-September. 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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