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MnDOT warns of road work danger

Motorists are reminded to keep alert in the construction zone on state Highway 197 and U.S. Highway 71 on the south end of Bemidji as crews work on major reconstruction of the roadway and preparations for a new bridge over U.S. Highway 2.

A detour is in effect directing southbound traffic from Highway 71, west on to Beltrami County Road 2/North Plantagenet Drive, then south on Hubbard County Road 98, and east on Hubbard County Road 9/South Plantagenet Drive back to Highway 71. Northbound traffic will follow the same detour in reverse.

Although "Road Closed" signs are posted in various locations, access to all residences and businesses in the construction zone are maintained.

Motorists are also asked to be especially alert for workers and heavy equipment in the Carr Lake Road/County Road 404 crossing which has a temporary 4-way stop in place.

For more information on road conditions and construction, click on or call 5-1-1.