Hwy 71 road closure scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 11
Hwy 71 in Wadena to close between Highway 10 and Bryant Ave SW to work on the railroad crossing Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Detour uses Bryant Ave SW, 2nd St SW and Hwy 10/Ash Ave NW (about eight blocks) in Wadena. Work to be completed by Burlington Northern Railway. Detour map
Reconstruct in 2019
The final design layout includes a concrete median separating the eastbound and westbound lanes, along with wide shoulders that can be striped as future through-lanes. Pedestrian sidewalks and signals will also meet current accessibility standards.
Preservation project complete
Maintenance resurfacing was completed May 10-11, 2017, on Highway 10 from west of 3rd St NW to east of 2nd St NE in Wadena to preserve the roadway until 2019 reconstruction.
Summary of work
- Widen and reconstruct the roadway, includes the Highway 10 intersection at Highway 71
- Improve access and traffic flow
Reduced crashes (25-30%)
Raised medians are safer,
Standard highway intersections have 32 conflict points or potential crashes, and raised medians can alleviate these conflicts and provide:
Provided most benefit where there are many entrances to the highway
Refuge for pedestrians
Reduced vehicle speeds
Increased capacity (30%)
Decreased delays (30%)
Learn more, read 'Safe Access is Good for Business' by FHWA
- Upgrade curbs and sidewalks
- Upgrade storm sewers and install new LED street lighting
- Replace the Hwy 10 traffic signals at Second St NW and Highway 71
Also, the two-lane rural sections of Hwy 10 between Bluffton and Birch Ave, and County Rd 4 and Oink Joint Rd, will be resurfaced and new left-turn lanes will be installed at the Hwy 10/CR 75 intersection, west of Wadena.
The project will make for a smoother road surface and improve accessibility and safety throughout the corridor.
- $8.8 million (estimated)
|Final design plans, environmental testing, permits||In progress|
|Maintenance repair and resurface current pavement to strengthen||2017|