Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Updated Feb. 13, 2017

Crews to clear trees along Hwy 71, Hwy 27 in Long Prairie

Work extended through March

BAXTER, Minn. – Motorists traveling on Highway 71 and Highway 27 in Long Prairie may encounter periodic lane closures and flaggers as crews cut trees.

The work will take place on weekdays, on good weather days, through March.

Disruption to traffic is expected to be minimal as the work will take place off the highway; however, there will be occasions when equipment parked along the highway may require a lane closure and flagging operations.

Crews will clear approximately 20 trees in Long Prairie along:

  • Highway 27 (First Avenue N) from Highway 71 (Lake Street) to Ninth Street NE
  • Highway 71 (Lake Street) from Highway 27 (First Avenue N) to Sixth Avenue S

The tree clearing is in preparation for the Highway 71/Highway 27 resurfacing project expected to begin mid-summer 2017 in Long Prairie, in Todd County. When completed, the project will provide a new road surface, upgraded traffic signal system at the intersection of Highway 71 and Todd County Road 38/Second Avenue S, and improved pedestrian accessibility throughout.

Status update

Work was scheduled to be complete in January; however three larger trees have yet to be cut and removed, and requires special heavy moving equipment for removal. All work to be complete by end of March.

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