The U.S. Hwy. 71 project in Park Rapids is tentatively scheduled to begin its final phase on Sept. 23, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).

In a news release, MnDOT said crews will be constructing a roundabout on Hwy. 71 at the intersection with County Roads 15 and 53 in Park Rapids. The project also includes pedestrian accessibility improvements on Hwy. 71, from County Road 15 to Eighth Street.

A detour will be in place for the construction of the roundabout on County Road 28 to Highway 34.

Weekly public meetings are held Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the Hubbard County Highway Department, located at 101 Crocus Hill Street in Park Rapids. 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. For more information on the project, visit