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Highway 34 bids to be opened May 6

Bid openings for the Highway 34 reconstruction project between Park Rapids and Akeley have been postponed.

Because of some amendments to the contract that altered some specifications, project manager Darren Laesch said the new bid opening is May 6.

That's when the public will learn how the project will be completed. Department of Transportation officials have left the details to the successful bidder, but tentative project dates are May 23 to Sept. 2.

DOT officials have said they would add incentives and disincentives to the project to minimize the inconvenience to cities and motorists. They asked for a list of summer events to plan around.

County 226 that heads north into Dorset will also be repaved, but not during the Taste of Dorset festival, highway officials said.

Memorial and Labor Day work will not occur to avoid snarling traffic during peak tourist times, DOT officials promised.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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