Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Aug. 25, 2017

Hwy 71 detour between Itasca State Park and Lake George begins Sept. 5

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Motorists on Highway 71 will encounter a detour beginning Monday, September 5 as crews begin a resurfacing project between Itasca State Park and Lake George.

The detour follows Hubbard County Road 4 and Highway 34. It is expected to last until mid-October, weather permitting.

Mark Sand and Gravel Co. is the contractor for the $2.56 million project. It includes the construction of four turn lanes on Highway 71, along with the installation of intersection lighting and an extension of the bypass lane at Highway 200 near Itasca State Park.

Motorists should slow down, drive with caution and always be attentive while driving in work zones. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.