MnDOT Completes Major Works on Highway 71, Nearly 260 Projects During 2022 Construction Season – Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI – The Minnesota Department of Transportation completed a total of 258 road and bridge projects during the 2022 construction season, including major work on Highway 71 in Bemidji.

“This year’s robust road construction season has significantly improved Minnesota’s transportation system with new roads, bridges, safer intersections and improved accessibility for people who walk, bike or cycle to their destinations,” said MnDOT Commissioner Nancy Daubenberger .

The projects completed in the Bemidji area during the summer included three main sections:

  • US Highway 71 renewal between State Highway 197 and Winter Sumac Road.
  • Construction of a new roundabout at the intersection of Highway 71 and Anne Street.
  • Completed intersection improvements at nine locations along the Highway 71 corridor.

“As traffic levels have returned to pre-pandemic levels, we thank all Minnesotans for their patience with our road construction projects and for slowing down in work zones to keep road workers safe,” Daubenberger said.

Projects in northern Minnesota

  • Hwy 194 Hermantown – Completed safety improvements at intersections in Hermantown, including Hwy 53/194 and a roundabout at Hwy 194/Midway Road. Highway 194 was also resurfaced as part of the project.

  • I-35 Barnum – Resurfaced 6.5 miles northbound of I-35 near Barnum.

  • Highway 37 Iron Junction – Installed a new roundabout on Highway 37/Saint Louis County Road 7, south of Iron Junction.

  • Highway 71 Bemidji – Repaved Highway 71 between Highway 197 and Winter Sumac Road, construction of new roundabout at Highway 71/Anne Street, improvements to intersections at nine locations along the corridor.

  • Highway 75 and 175 in Hallock – Repaved and improved accessibility along both highways.

  • Highway 92 north of Zerkel – Newly paved and widened shoulders on Highway 92 between Clearwater County Road 35 and Highway 200.

  • Highway 2 Fosston – Restricted to change from a four lane to a three lane section. The three-lane remnant strip will remain in effect until the corridor is scheduled for reconstruction.

Other notable projects statewide included improvements to I-94 between Maple Grove and Clearwater, improvements to I-94/35E near downtown St. Paul, 12-mile improvements on Highway 36 between Little Canada and Stillwater and the resurfacing of 13 miles of I-90 between the South Dakota border and Beaver Creek.
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