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May 9, 2023

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Road construction on Hwy 59 south of Thief River Falls starts May 15

Motorists will experience detours throughout the construction project

BEMIDJI, Minn. –  The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today beginning May 15, construction will begin on Highway 59 south of Thief River Falls. Motorists can expect a detour beginning May 17. The project includes replacing culverts, resurfacing Highway 59 as well as constructing a roundabout at Pennington County Road 3.

The contractor for this $8.6 million dollar project is RJ Zavoral and Sons. This project will create a safer, longer lasting driving surface, improve drainage and a safer intersection. It is estimated to be complete by mid-August, weather permitting. Visit the project website for more information, detour maps and sign up for email updates.

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.