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Highway construction coming to season's end

Crews are hustling to wrap up the Highway 34 construction project.

Thursday, the south lanes were closed for striping. Taping and painting will continue into next week, according to Allan Minnerath of Central Specialties, Alexandria, general contractor for the project.

Minnerath reported dirt work would be done before the week ended. Monday seeding will start. Wednesday a crew will start placing signs and several mailboxes removed for the project will be installed.

Last week, Larry Randall, Minnesota Department of Transportation project supervisor, said a decision had been made to prepare the boulevards and spray seed on them this fall. Laying sod and planting trees will be delayed until spring because it's so late in the season.

The stoplights at the Highway 34-71 intersection and at Highway 34 and Main will go on when the painting is done.

The streetlights aren't in yet, but will be installed as soon as they are delivered, Randall said.

Minnerath said he hopes the detour onto Co. Rd. 107 can be removed by the end of next week.

The last weekly construction meeting this season will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Park Rapids Area Library, located at 210 West 1st St. Randall said there will be one sometime after the Jan. 1.