Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 2, 2013

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Hwy 59 detour south of I-94 begins May 20

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Motorists on Hwy 59 between I- 94 and Elbow Lake will encounter a detour and possible delays when a road resurfacing project begins May 20, weather permitting. The project may begin up to a week earlier if road conditions allow spring weight restrictions to end.

During the project Hwy 59 will close, and motorists will use a detour.

Southbound traffic from I-94 will detour onto Exit 55, the Wendell Road. The detour will follow Otter Tail County Road 1/Grant County Road 11, Grant County Road 1/25 and Highway 54 to Elbow Lake.

Northbound traffic from Elbow Lake will detour south on Hwy 54, west on Grant County Road 1/25 and north on Grant County Road 11/Otter Tail County Road 1 to I-94.

Residents who live within the road closure will be allowed to use Hwy 59 during the project.

The road work is expected to be complete by early July, weather permitting.

When the project is complete, motorists will notice a smoother, safer ride along 16 miles of Hwy 59.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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