Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Aug. 21, 2019

U.S. Highway 71 lane closure at Sanborn on August 23

WILLMAR, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will be performing materials testing on the U.S. Highway 71 bridge located three miles south of Sanborn, beginning Friday, August 23, 2019, and continuing into the following week.

On August 23, one lane will be closed at the bridge between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. A flagging operation will be in effect and motorists may encounter short delays.

The bridge, which crosses the Cottonwood River, is scheduled for replacement in 2021.

MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, and reminds them to slow down in the work zone. As a reminder, peace officers are authorized to issue citations based on a report from the work zone flagger when a motorist doesn’t follow flagging instructions.

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