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MnDOT announces local construction projects

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced Wednesday its statewide construction plans for this year. 

Of the $1.1 billion in road projects, about $33.4 million will be spent in MnDOT’s District 2, which includes Bemidji, Crookston and Thief River Falls.  

Some of the biggest local projects include resurfacing 12 miles of State Highway 89 between Highway 2 and Beltrami County Road 26, and 10 miles of Highway 92 between Clearwater County Road 19 in Bagley to County Road 35.

The most expensive repaving project near Bemidji, however, is a two mile stretch of State Highway 200 between Highway 64 and Hubbard County Road 39, which includes replacing a culvert over the Kabekona Creek, which will cost $3.57 million.

That project is slated to begin in May and finish in August, and will include detours.

“We’re cutting the hill down and putting in correct in-slopes and correct drainage so we can keep water from crossing the highway and icing up,” said Todd Vonasek, resident engineer with MnDOT.

The department also plans on replacing two bridges on State Highway 1 east of Redby. Those two bridge replacements will cost about $5.5 million.

“(They’re) structurally deficient, and their useful life is either at or very near, for safety reasons … we'll replace those facilities and upgrade them,” Vonasek said. 

Check Thursday's Pioneer for more details.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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