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March 4, 2024

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MnDOT and City of Thief River Falls to host Hwy 59 study  
public open house March 14

BEMIDJI, Minn.— The City of Thief River Falls and the Minnesota Department of Transportation invite the public to an open house on Thursday, March 14, from 4 to 6 p.m., to get more information about the corridor study. Residents, business owners, area visitors, and commuters are encouraged to learn more about the study and share their thoughts on how to improve this stretch of Hwy 59.  

The open house will be held in the multi-purpose room of the Joint-Use Facility, 248 125th Ave NE in Thief River Falls. There are no formal presentations and people are invited to stop by at their convenience anytime between 4 and 6:30 p.m. City, MnDOT, and project staff will be available to answer questions about the study.  

Members of the community who are unable to attend the in-person open house are encouraged to visit talk.dot.state.mn.us/hwy59-trf to learn more about the study, leave a comment on the interactive comment map, and sign up for project update emails. 

Study overview 
​The City of Thief River Falls, in close collaboration with MnDOT, is conducting a corridor study to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety, highway access, address stormwater drainage issues, and the poor pavement condition, while maintaining traffic flow and creating a welcoming gateway to the City. The corridor study area runs from approximately 1st St. E. to thtalk.dot.state.mn.us/hwy59-trfe southern city limits (155th St. NE). The study will result in a vision for the corridor, anticipated for Fall 2024. 

For more information, visit the project webpage at .