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May 12, 2021

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Work begins next week on the Hwy 87 Otter Tail River bridge in Frazee

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Starting next week, Highway 87 will be impassable between North River Drive and Main Avenue East, as crews begin the bridge replacement at the Otter Tail River.

Highway 87 remains closed to thru-traffic between County Road 29/Birch Avenue in Frazee and Highway 71 in Menahga. Access is being maintained for residents and businesses along the work zone, but once the bridge is out, local traffic will need to find an alternate route to access Highway 87 from Frazee.

For this project, crews are reconstructing and resurfacing 26 miles of pavement, widening shoulders between Frazee and Evergreen, and replacing two box culverts, including the Otter Tail River bridge. Shoulder-widening operations have started near Frazee, and reclaiming and paving continue west of the Becker/Wadena county line.

Local traffic should watch for heavy equipment, flaggers and other traffic control, which may change daily depending on where crews are working. Expect delays, short-term closures and periodic stops along the entire work zone.

Thru-traffic remains detoured to County Road 29/Birch Avenue, Highway 34 and Highway 71. The detour will add an additional 20 miles to travel, so motorists should plan ahead.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to slow down in work zones and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones. For more information about the project and to sign up for email updates, visit the project website: mndot.gov/d4/projects/frazee.