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Menards traffic signal to be turned on next week

The signal light along state Highway 71 outside of the new Bemidji Menards store will be activated on Friday, April 1.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, motorists should slow down and prepare to stop as they enter the city of Bemidji from the west approaching the new store at 2600 Paul Bunyan Drive N.W.

Bill Pirkl, MnDOT traffic engineer, said the signal will be turned on the morning of April 1.

The signal will flash red until the afternoon, when it will be switched to full control and monitored to ensure correct functioning.

MnDOT traffic technicians will monitor the signal through the weekend for timing and phasing changes in preparation of the Menards grand opening.

Menards is expected to open to the public April 5.