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Tree, brush removal underway on Bemidji streets

Motorists may encounter shoulder closures, lane shifts, or flaggers as crews work along the road at various locations.

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BEMIDJI — The Minnesota Department of Transportation has begun clearing trees and brush within the state right-of-way in northwest Minnesota.

Motorists may encounter shoulder closures, lane shifts or flaggers as crews work along the road at various locations. All work will be complete by March 31, a release said.

Expect tree and debris clearing at these known locations:

  • Highway 71 in Bemidji from Anne Street to Winter Sumac Road, to resurface and improve intersections, includes a roundabout at Anne Street.
  • Highway 92 from Zerkel to Clearwater County Highway 35, to resurface and widen shoulders.

The tree cutting and brush removal will help clear areas for construction as well as improve areas for drainage once the construction work is completed. Removal work takes place in the winter months to ensure seasonal nesting patterns of bats are not disrupted, the release said.
Motorists are asked to watch for crews working along the MnDOT right-of-way, slow down and obey traffic laws. Cleared trees will be recycled and used for mulch and erosion control throughout the project area.

For more information, visit www.mndot.gov/d2/projects . For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, call 511 or visit 511mn.org .

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