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June 3, 2022

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Detour to switch on Hwy 55 between Wendell and the MN/ND State Line late next week

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Starting as soon as Thursday, June 9, weather permitting, motorists will encounter traffic changes on Highway 55 between Wendell the Minnesota/North Dakota State Line. Highway 55 will close between Fairmount, ND, and Highway 9.

The contractor is combining the last two stages of construction for the 22 1/2-mile resurfacing project. As a reminder, the staging is:

  • Stage 1, from County Road 11 in Wendell to Highway 9
  • Stage 2, from Highway 9 to Highway 75
  • Stage 3, from Highway 75 to the MN/ND state line

Detours & traffic impacts

Depending on direction of travel, traffic on Highway 55 will be detoured to Highway 9, Highway 75, MN Wilkin County Road 6/ND Richland County Road 16, and ND Highway 127. For motorists traveling on Highway 75, you’ll use Highway 9 to travel east to Highway 55, and County Road 6 to travel west into North Dakota. In addition, Highway 75 will remain open at the Highway 55 intersection for cross-traffic.

The upcoming closures are due to culvert replacements, located east and west of the intersection with Highway 75. During those replacements, the roadway will be impassable at the box culverts sites and residents/other local traffic will need to use the detour or find an alternate route to their destination on Highway 55.

Although the Stage 1 work zone (Highway 9 to County Road 11 in Wendell) will be reopening to thru-traffic late next week, motorists should plan ahead for delays and lane closures during paving operations. Flaggers and a pilot car will direct traffic.

The overall project is expected to be completed by mid-July, weather permitting. Visit the project website to view detour maps and to sign up for project email updates: mndot.gov/d4/projects/hwy55.

A heads up to area residents and travelers: a portion of Highway 9 will close June 13, weather and schedule permitting, for the bridge replacement project at the Mustinka River near Norcross. Highway 9 will close between Highway 55 and Highway 27, and will be impassable at the bridge site. Traffic will be detoured to Highway 27 and Highway 75 until the end of August. Depending on your destination and direction of travel, you may encounter both project detours on your route. For more information about the Highway 9 project, visit the project website: mndot.gov/d4/projects/hwy9mustinka