Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Aug. 29, 2018

Resurfacing project on Hwy 71 between Park Rapids and Itasca State Park to begin the week of September 10

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 71 will encounter lane closures and short delays beginning the week of September 10, as crews begin resurfacing 20 miles of the highway between Park Rapids and Itasca State Park.

A pilot car and flaggers will control traffic, and motorists should plan for alternating lane closures in the areas where crews are working.

Mark Sand and Gravel Company, of Fergus Falls, is the primary contractor for the $1.9 million resurfacing project, which is expected to last through mid-October. Upon completion of the project, motorists will experience a smoother road surface.

Motorists are urged to slow down, eliminate distractions and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones. For real-time travel information and road conditions anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.