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Bill Pirkl, state Department of Transportation district traffic engineer, displays construction documents for the U.S. Highway 71 South project that begins this summer at a Bemidji Sunrise Rotary Club meeting Tuesday morning. With him is Larry Randall, MnDOT project supervisor. Pioneer Photo/ Brad Swenson

Major U.S. Highway 71 project begins in June

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The two-year, $13.5 million reconstruction of U.S. Highway 71 South should begin June 14, state Department of Transportation officials say.

Utility work has already begun from Lueken's South to the U.S. Highway 2 bypass, and bids for the major road construction will be let May 7, Bill Pirkl, MnDOT district traffic engineer, said Tuesday.

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