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June 22, 2022

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Additional lane reductions for Hwy 71 project in Bemidji begin tomorrow

When complete it will accelerate the reduction of congestion on Hwy 197 

Bemidji, Minn. – The lane shift onto the Highway 71 southbound lanes will be extended further south to the intersection with Highway 197 on June 23. It is expected to last until July 1.

The largest impact will affect Highway 71 northbound and southbound traffic moving into single lane. as they cross the Highway 197 intersection to enter and exit the construction zone. Those vehicles will proceed the Highway 71 lane switch in the intersection.

The purpose of the change is to promptly complete paving operations on the southern portion of the Highway 71 project. Once complete, it will allow for MnDOT to re-open the currently closed westbound lane on Highway 197 to reduce congestion at the intersection.

Currently, crews are also paving the northern limits of the project near Winter Sumac Road. Paving at the north limits is expected to be complete by Monday, June 27.  

For more information, a project map and sign up for weekly email updates, visit the website at mndot.gov/d2/projects/hwy71-bemidji.

MnDOT reminds drivers to slow down, avoid distractions and follow traffic signs in work zones.