Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 14, 2018

Hwy 46 detour near Deer River begins May 21

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 46 will encounter a detour between Deer River and Itasca County Road 39 beginning Monday, May 21 as a 10-mile construction project begins.

The detour follows Highway 2 and County Road 39 at Ball Club. Local access will be maintained for those that live along the project area, but the replacement of four centerline culverts will alternate which areas are passible.

The southernmost culvert located near the intersection with Highway 2 will be replaced first. When complete, the culvert work will move north to the next location.

Along with culvert replacement, crews will reconstruct Highway 46 by replacing the entire pavement surface and adding four turn lanes. Construction will take place throughout the project at the same time crews are replacing culverts.

Residents and motorists can view a project map and keep up to date with the current schedule on the project website www.mndot.gov/d2/projects/2018/hwy46-deer-river.

Hawkinson Construction is the contractor $4.14 million project. It is expected to last through July, weather permitting.

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