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Highway 371/200 traffic in Walker to be detoured weekdays through June 20

BEMIDJI, Minn. –Traffic on Highway 371/200 in northwestern Minnesota will be detoured weekdays now through Friday, June 20, as crews widen the highway and install a pedestrian tunnel. The roadway will re-open from noon on Fridays through Sunday.

On weekdays, the detour will direct local traffic onto Walker Bay Boulevard and Garden Street adjacent to Leech Lake. Through-traffic and trucks entering Walker from the south will follow Ah-Gwah-Ching Road west to Highway 34 north to its junction with Highway 371/200.

The project is a cooperative effort between the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the U.S. Forest Service, the city of Walker and Cass County. Work includes the widening of Highway 371/200 to provide center and right-turn lanes at the Chippewa Ranger District Office and Walker Bay Boulevard. It also will install a pedestrian tunnel to provide a safe and convenient crossing of the highway.

Although Highway 371/200 will be open to traffic on weekends, MnDOT reminds motorists that they are travelling in a work zone and should stay alert and follow posted speeds.

For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org.       

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