Park Rapids residents are encouraged to attend an open house for the construction of U.S. Hwy. 71 south of Park Rapids from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 13 in the county board room on the third floor of the Hubbard County Government Center, 301 Court Ave. 

Along with the contractor, MnDOT staff and city officials will be present to answer questions about the project and construction timeline. Construction on the highway may begin as early as June 3, weather permitting.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to construct a roundabout on Hwy. 71 at the intersection with Hubbard County Roads 15 and 53. The project also includes grading and resurfacing north to Eighth Street, storm sewer replacement, and with the City of Park Rapids, resurfacing and replacement of frontage roads, storm sewer and watermains. 

Work will begin on Eleventh Street and the frontage roads, followed by work on Hwy. 71 north of County Roads 15 and 53. The roundabout will be completed last.

Motorists can expect lane restrictions, intersection closures and detours. Access to local businesses will be maintained. The project is scheduled to be completed in October.

Gladen Construction, Inc. of Laporte was awarded the project with a bid of $4,274,512.