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Progress is clear as work continues on U.S. Highway 71 south Wednesday afternoon. The 2010 phase of the project is scheduled to be finished Oct. 7. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Highways 197 and 71: Construction for 2010 nears completion

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An unusually rainy summer has slowed the reconstruction of the state Highway 197-U.S. Highway 71 project, but the work for this year is almost finished.

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"We plan to have it completely open to traffic by Oct. 7," said Larry Randall, project supervisor.

He said the original date was the third week in September.

"Overall, they are behind schedule - it could be worse," he said.

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