Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 19, 2020

Crews begin to reconstruct Highway 10 in Wadena March 30

Highway 71 to close, detour through August

BAXTER, Minn. —Motorists traveling on Highway 10 through Wadena should plan for delays as crews begin to reconstruct the two-lane roadway on Monday, March 30, 2020, weather permitting.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Both lanes of Highway 10 traffic will shift onto the westbound side of the road as crews reconstruct the eastbound side.
  • Highway 71 to close at Highway 10 and detour using Highway 29/Colfax Avenue and Second Street SW for southbound traffic and Juniper Avenue and Second Street NW for northbound traffic.
  • Access to businesses and residences will remain open, however expect changes.

Work began on Highway 10 in 2019 to repave the road on the east and west ends of Wadena and replace underground drainage structures near Union Creek. This year crews will reconstruct the road, upgrade pedestrian sidewalks, upgrade city storm sewers, install new LED street lighting, replace signal systems at Seconds Street W and Highway 71, and upgrade the railroad crossings on Highway 71 and Second Street W.

Once complete in October 2020, the $12.4 million project will widen the road, provide a smoother, safer surface, and improve traffic flow. For more information on this project or to sign up for project email updates, visit mndot.gov/d3/wadena.

For more information on 2020 Construction projects in Central Minnesota, visit mndot.gov/d3/construct.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit 511mn.org.

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