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June 28, 2023

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Highway 34 Akeley construction open house on July 5

Construction begins July 10

BEMIDJI, Minn. – MnDOT staff will be holding an open house about the 2023 construction work on Highway 34 in Akeley on Wednesday, July 5. The open house will be held at Akeley City Hall (25 Broadway Street East) from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Project information as well as detour maps will be on display. Members of the public are welcome to attend and ask questions about the upcoming project.

MnDOT plans to resurface a portion of Highway 34, reconstruct the corridor, and increase safety and mobility in the City of Akeley. Construction is scheduled to begin July 10, weather permitting. The highway needs long-term improvements to address intersection safety and aging infrastructure. 

Beginning Monday, July 10, Hwy 34 will be closed between Pleasant Ave and Park Ave. Traffic will be detoured onto County 25 and Hwy 64. The project will be completed in three stages. Each stage will take approximately four to five weeks.

Stage 1

  • Closed between Pleasant Ave and Park Ave
  • Closed east of Franklin Ave for culvert replacement
  • Detour: Hwy 64 and CR 25

Stage 2

  • Closed between Pleasant Ave and Graceson Ave
  • Detour: Fourth Street between Pleasant Ave and Graceson Ave

Stage 3

  • Closed between Graceson Ave and Hillside Ave
  • Detour: Hwy 64 and CR 25

The project is expected to be complete in mid-October, weather permitting. For more information as well as staging and detour maps, visit the project website at mndot.gov/d2/projects/hwy34-akeley.

Project benefits and cost

Benefits of the project include a safer road, smoother and longer lasting driving surface, as well as intersection and pedestrian improvements to enhance safety for all users.

Young Excavating is the contractor for the $3.6 million project. Construction is scheduled to be completed in mid-October. Start and end dates could change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances.