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Bridge work to continue on U.S. 71 on Bemidji's south side

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that construction of a new bridge on U.S. Highway 71 over U.S. Highway 2 on the south end of Bemidji will resume next week after a brief winter shutdown.

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Lane closures and traffic control will be in place.

Motorists are alerted to activity beginning Monday, Feb. 14, when work site preparation gets underway. Traffic will be impacted at the project site beginning Wednesday, Feb. 16, as bridge beams are placed, according to the following schedule:

E Feb. 16 - Closure of the right lane and shoulder of eastbound Highway 2.

E Feb. 17 - Closure of both Highway 2 eastbound lanes, with traffic detoured using the Highway 71 on and off ramps. Motorists are cautioned to be patient for ramp signals.

E Feb. 18 - Closure of Highway 2 westbound lanes, with traffic detoured using the Highway 71 on and off ramps. Motorists are cautioned to watch for a temporary four-way stop on the Highway 71 ramp from the westbound lanes.

No major traffic impacts are expected beginning the week of Feb. 21, but motorists are asked to be alert to slowing traffic and flagging operations as the work continues.

The project is scheduled to be complete in mid-June.

For statewide road information call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

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