Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

April 19, 2017

Open house planned April 27 for Hwy 2 and 197 projects in Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Residents and business owners are invited to attend an open house on Thursday, April 27 to learn about repairs and improvements the Minnesota Department of Transportation is making with projects on Highway 2 and Highway 197/Bemidji Avenue in Bemidji.

The open house will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Tourist Information Center, near the Paul and Babe statues on the shore of Lake Bemidji, 300 Bemidji Avenue North.

The Highway 2 bypass project includes resurfacing and bridge repairs. It is scheduled to begin May 15, weather permitting.

Most of the project will be done under traffic, but staged detours are required as crews repair two bridges located on the northern portion of the bypass:

  • Stage one: Highway 71 southbound bridge connection to the bypass. Detour south on Highway 197/Bemidji Avenue through Bemidji.
  • Stage two: Highway 2 northbound bridge connection to westbound Highway 2. Detour onto Highway 71 exit, then west onto Highway 2.

Resurfacing on Highway 197/Bemidji Avenue, from Third Street NW to Seventh Street SE, is tentatively scheduled to begin July 10. The project will be done under traffic and motorists can expect lane closures and delays during peak travel times.

For more details visit the project websites, www.mndot.gov/d2/projects/bemidji-hwy2and197. Both projects are expected to wrap up in September.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota), 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You may also e-mail your request to ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us. Please request at least one week in advance, if possible.

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