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Updated June 14, 2012




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Hwy 371 resurfacing project Nisswa to Pine River


BAXTER, Minn. — Motorists traveling on Highway 371 from Roy Lake Road in Nisswa to Cass County Road 2/42 in Pine River will encounter lane closures with flaggers and a pilot car operation in rural areas when a road resurfacing project begins April 30. This work will require a one-month detour in Pine River from mid-May to the end of June.     


During the detour, southbound traffic will use a detour on Cass County Road 2, to Park Avenue, Mill Street and Ridge Avenue. Northbound traffic will be routed onto Ridge Avenue, First Street and Jefferson Avenue through mid-May while crews replace several culverts. To view the detour, visit


All work is scheduled to be complete by the end of June, weather permitting. The project was originally to be completed by mid June, but due to the recently heavy rains received work has been delayed.


Knife River Materials of Bemidji is the prime contractor for this $3.8 million project.


The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For statewide travel information, visit, call 5-1-1 or log on to






Pilot Car Safety


Traveling safely through
the Work Zone


Some rural construction projects will be use a signed car to lead traffic through the 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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