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State shutdown causes road project suspension

The Beltrami County road construction project on County State Aid Highway 39 (Scenic Highway) from the south Beltrami/Cass County line to the junction of CSAH 20 (Birchmont Beach Road N.E.) has been temporarily suspended.

The project has been suspended because of the State shutdown and the inability to conduct the required testing of materials. This construction project requires the contractor to conduct quality controls tests, the county to conduct quality assurance tests and for the Minnesota Department of Transportation to conduct verification tests. The county has been advised that only MnDOT staff can conduct the independent verification tests. The federal funding for the project would be jeopardized if the project were to proceed.

Detour signs are being removed.

The project will restart after MnDOT resumes operation and depending on the contractor's schedule.