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Sept. 20, 2021

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Motorists on Hwy 32 south of Marcoux can expect a short-term detour beginning September 23

MnDOT urges motorists to use caution and avoid distractions in work zones

BEMIDJI, Minn. — MnDOT announced today, beginning September 23, motorists on Hwy 32 south of Highway 2 near Marcoux can expect a detour as construction continues.

The project includes a Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI) constructed at the intersection of Hwy 2 and Hwy 32. Hwy 32 north of Hwy 2 will be open to traffic. Traffic on Hwy 32 south of Hwy 2 will use Polk county road 41 to Polk CR 12. The detour is expected to last ten working days.

During the project, crews will also be replacing the concrete roadway on Hwy 2 eastbound lanes from Highway 32 to 1.8 miles west of Erskine as well as a portion east of Erskine near the weigh station.

Hoffman Construction is the contractor for the $22.3 million project. For more information and a project map, visit the website at mndot.gov/d2/projects/2021/hwy2-rci.

Important reminders for motorists regarding work zone safety:

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution.
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change.
  • Watch for workers and slow moving equipment.
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel.
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times.