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News Release
Updated July 2, 2010

Workzone at night

Resurfacing on Highway 27 north of Pierz starts May 11

BAXTER, Minn. - Motorists will encounter intermittent lane closures and traffic directed by flaggers and a pilot car on Highway 27 starting Tuesday, May 11, when a resurfacing project begins at the junction of Highway 25 just north of Pierz to Highway 169 in Onamia.

This roadway improvement project also includes culvert replacements and sidewalk accessibility improvements.

The project will require a one-week detour in the city of Lastrup for crews to install pipe. Traffic will be routed on Morrison County Road 278 and Highway 25.

Anderson Brothers Construction of Brainerd is the prime contractor for this $2.9 million roadway improvement project. The project is scheduled to be completed by early July, weather permitting.

During construction and road maintenance work, MnDOT urges drivers to:

  • Check www.511mn.org or call 511 for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions.
  • Stay alert; expect the unexpected.
  • Remember text messaging while driving is illegal.
  • Don't eat or drink while driving.
  • Follow posted speed limits; fines double in work zones.
  • Plan ahead and expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Watch for construction crew and equipment in the work zone.


Traveling safely through the work zone

Pilot Car Safety

This construction project will be using a signed car to lead traffic through the construction 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


Pay Attention or Pay the Price

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