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Hwy. 71 resurfacing project begins Sept. 10

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Motorists on U.S. Hwy. 71 will encounter lane closures and short delays beginning the week of Sept. 10, as crews begin resurfacing 20 miles of the highway between Park Rapids and Itasca State Park.

A pilot car and flaggers will control traffic, and motorists should plan for alternating lane closures in the areas where crews are working.

Mark Sand and Gravel Company of Fergus Falls is the primary contractor for the $1.9 million resurfacing project, which is expected to last through mid-October. Upon completion of the project, motorists will experience a smoother road surface, according to a Minnesota Department of Transportation news release.

Motorists are urged to slow down, eliminate distractions and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.

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