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Two-day detour on Highway 2 west of Bemidji to take place next week

Motorists on Highway 2 will experience a detour west of Bemidji as crews continue construction of the Highway 89 overpass. The detour is expected to begin between Aug. 11 and Aug. 13 and once established it is expected to last for two days.

The exact timing of the detour is contingent upon project progress and weather; public notice will be announced at least a day prior to its implementation.

Officials will be holding an open house about the project at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 in room 151 at the Bemidji Minnesota Department of Transportation building, 3920 Highway 2 West. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend as project officials and MnDOT staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Highway 2 is currently reduced to single lane traffic, and Highway 89 is closed for all southbound motorists and eastbound Highway 2 traffic intending to drive north on Highway 89. A full closure of Highway 89 is tentatively set to begin in late August.

The intersection reconstruction project will result in a safer intersection with improved turning lanes, intersection lighting, and an overpass for motorists on Highway 89 to access the eastbound lanes of Highway 2.

MnDOT urges motorists to follow these recommendations in work zones: stay alert; watch for signs, equipment and workers; minimize distractions, such as using cell phones, eating or drinking; avoid tailgating; follow posted speed limits and directional signs; and stay in one lane while driving through a work zone

Learn more about Minnesota’s investment in and maintenance of the state’s transportation system at MnDOT’s Get Connected