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Highway 34 construction resumes between Akeley, Nevis after hiatus

A detour sign sits at the corner of County 11 and Highway 34. Work goes on in the background. The detour is 30 miles long from the Dorset Corner south and east to Akeley. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)1 / 2
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Work resumed Thursday on the second phase of reconstruction on a stretch of Highway 34 between Park Rapids and Akeley, which will entail an unpopular 30-mile detour around Nevis.

Workers began setting up the detour from Dorset Corner to Akeley as soon as the Minnesota shutdown ended, said Central Specialties, Inc., superintendent Allan Minnerath,

The detour runs south of Dorset corner on County Road 11, then east on state Highway 87, then north to Akeley on Highway 64.

Crews need to finish the shoulder work on the 3-mile stretch east of Park Rapids. And a 2-inch layer of asphalt needs to be applied to that phase of the project.

Minnerath said he couldn't predict when the $7 million project would be finished. It's already been delayed three weeks by the shutdown. There will be contract modifications to ensure the general contractor isn't penalized for the delays, DOT officials have said. But the Sept. 2 completion deadline is no longer a reality.

Project progress meetings are set to resume July 28 at 1 p.m. at the Nevis Senior Citizens Center, Minnerath said. The public is invited.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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