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Crews finished up paving Thursday afternoon on Highway 71 in Park Rapids. Many of the orange cones were taken down by Friday as workers prepared for the final touches on the project stretching from Menahga to Park Rapids. Next week, workers will apply permanent striping along the highway. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

End is near for Highway 71 work

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Construction is wrapping up on the Highway 71 resurfacing project from Park Rapids to Menahga.

Paving was completed by Friday after crews finished shoulders on the rural section and parking lanes in Park Rapids this week.

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Next week, crews will apply permanent striping, shoulder rumble strips and turf establishment, said Larry Randall, project supervisor.

"The project should be substantially complete by the end of next week, weather permitting," Randall said.

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