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Highway 71 construction began this morning.Detours are in place north of Menahga. (Sarah Smith/Enterprise)

Highway 71 construction starts today; detours begin

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Work on the stretch of Highway 71 between Menahga and Park Rapids began this morning.

Detours are in place.

Over the weekend contractor Central Specialties, Inc., moved tons of heavy equipment into the region and began milling asphalt off the main artery bright and early Monday.

The 12.5-mile, $7 million project includes construction of turn lanes, culvert repairs and replacements, asphalt reclamation and recycling, shoulder work and surface paving.

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