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July 18, 2013

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Two segments of Highway 71 between Long Prairie, Bertha
reduced to single lane July 18

 

Baxter, Minn. – Motorists will encounter delays when travelling Highway 71 through Long Prairie, and between Eagle Bend and

 

Bertha, as crews resurface or seal two segments of the road July 18.

 

Highway 71 between 220th Street and the Long Prairie River bridge in Long Prairie will be reduced to a single lane single lane with flaggers controlling one-way, alternating traffic from 10:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18. The lane closure is needed as crews sealcoat the road.

 

A five-mile segment of Highway 71 between Eagle Bend and Bertha is also reduced to a single lane. Flaggers and a pilot car are controlling traffic. That lane closure began at 7 a.m. and will be completed by sunset Thursday, July 18.

 

Daytime lane closures will continue on segments of Highway 71 between Long Prairie and Bertha through late-August, 2013 as crews resurface the road, install or extend or turn lanes and bypass lanes, replace culverts and close five under-road cattle passes.

 

When complete, the two projects will result in a smoother ride, improved safety and extend the road’s life along 25 miles of Highway 71.

 

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