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Highway 71 closures from Bertha to Long Prairie begin May 13
BAXTER, Minn. – Motorists and residents on Highway 71 from Bertha to Long Prairie will encounter intermittent lane and shoulder closures, flaggers, pilot cars and possible delays as crews begin a major road project Monday, May 13.
The closures will occur from sunrise to sunset, Mondays through Saturdays, along different segments of road. No lane closures will occur from noon Wednesday, July 3 through 9 a.m. Monday, July 8.
Flaggers will allow alternating, one-way traffic through the work zones each day. Drivers must obey the flagger, be prepared to stop and follow the pilot car through the daily work zone.
Motorists entering from driveways or intersecting roads within a work zone must wait for the pilot car to pass, then follow it through the daily work zone.
The project will be completed by late August.
When complete, the project will improve ride quality, safety, mobility and capacity along 24 miles of Highway 71. Crews will resurface the road, install or upgrade guardrail, replace two culverts, construct 12 new turn or bypass lanes, fill and seal five cattle pass tunnels and complete other work as needed.
A short segment of Highway 71 in Browerville will not be resurfaced as part of this project; a separate project is planned for that segment of road in 2014 or 2015.
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