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MnDOT announces 20 local and regional road projects for this year, including Highway 34 resurfacing

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Multiple area road projects were announced by the Minnesota Department of Transportation Thursday, including projects for U.S. Highway 71 south of Bemidji and Highway 34 between Park Rapids and Akeley.

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There are 258 state highway construction projects in all. All projects will total nearly $900 million.

In District 2 (Bemidji/Crookston), there are 20 projects planned, including the Highway 34 project, which will involve a detour.

Other regional projects slated for this year include:

- U.S. Highway 71 from county roads 9 to 404 south of Bemidji will be resurfaced, have turn lanes, signal lights installed and a bridge constructed. The work is planned from June to September and will involve a temporary bypass and minor lane closures.

- Highway 71 from Northome to Margie will be resurfaced and have culverts replaced from July to August. Lane closures are planned with a pilot car.

- Highway 34 between Park Rapids and Akeley will be resurfaced, get new turn lanes and have culverts replaced between June and September. A detour is planned.

- Highway 1 in Red Lake west of the Clearwater County line will have a bridge replaced between April and May. Impacts should be minor.

- Highway 64 from the south junction to the north junction of Highway 87 will be resurfaced. Lane closures are planned with a pilot car.

- Highway 72 from Waskish to more than 11 miles north will be resurfaced and have culverts replaced from July to August. Lane closers are planned with flaggers and a pilot car.

- Highway 89 from Grygla to eight miles west of Fourtown will be resurfaced. A timeline has not been announced. Lane closures are planned.

- Highway 220 between highways 1, 11 and 317 will be resurfaced and have culverts replaced from June to August. Lane restrictions and a detour are planned.

- Highway 1 between Oslo and Warren will be resurfaced between May and June. Impacts should be minor.

- Highway 2 east of Crookston will be resurfaced between May and June. Impacts should be minor.

- Highway 2 in Crookston will have curb ramps constructed and signal lights installed in July and August. The impact should be minor.

- Highway 9 south of Borup will have culvers replaced in June. There will be a detour involved.

- Highway 9 in Polk and Norman counties will be surfaced and have culverts replaced between June and August. A detour is planned.

- Highway 11 from highway 72 to Clementson will be resurfaced, have its shoulders widened and culverts replaced. The project is planned to last from September until August 2012. A detour is planned.

- Highway 11 in Clementson will have a bridge constructed and undergo deck, turf and erosion control in May and June. Lane closures are planned.

- Highway 75 from Stephen to Donaldson will be resurfaced in September. Single lane closures are planned.

- Highway 75 from Climax to Crookston will be resurfaced, have turn lanes installed and culverts replaced from July to August. A detour is planned.

- Highway 75 south of Shelby, which had a bridge replaced last year, will continue with the application of a final surface on the bridge deck, painting and landscape work. A detour is planned.

- Unspecified "various" highways will undergo intersection lighting and upgraded signing throughout the fall. Minor lane restrictions are planned.

Other, non-regional projects will include the Highway 169/Interstate 494 interchange in the Twin Cities and the second year of the bridge and pavement replacement on a section of I-35 in Duluth.

Projects in the Twin Cities metro area include:

- Converting Highway 169/I-494 to a freeway to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Edina.

- Rebuilding the Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge in St. Paul.

- Continuing to resurface I-94 between St. Paul and Minneapolis.

- Constructing a new interchange at Highway 101 and Highway 13 in Savage.

- Reconstructing the Highway 36 and Rice Street interchange and replacing the Rice Street bridge in Roseville/Little Canada.

Projects in greater Minnesota include:

- Replacing and repairing bridge and pavement from I-35 from Boundary Avenue to 26th Avenue East in Duluth. (The project began in 2010).

- Constructing four lanes on Highway 23 east of St. Cloud to Foley.

- Replacing three bridges and resurfacing Highway 9 on the Norman/Clay county line.

- Constructing a four-lane expansion, including bridges, on Highway 14 by Waseca.

For a complete list of projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, go online to www.dot.state.mn.us/construction.

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