Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 21, 2016

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Hwy 59 detour among construction projects in Kittson County

Two-stage detour between Canadian Border and Lancaster begins July 5

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 59 between the Canadian Border and Highway 175 south of Lancaster will experience a two-stage detour beginning July 5 as crews replace 17 miles of pavement and culverts.

The stage one detour is expected to last one week and is located south of Lancaster on Highway 175 and Kittson County Road 5. When complete the detour will move north of Lancaster to County Road 6, County Road 1 and County Road 8. The stage two detour is expected to last about two weeks, weather permitting.

The remaining portion of the project will be done under traffic and motorists should use caution as portions of the driving surface may be unfinished until the project is complete in early September. During this work, a pilot car and flaggers will control traffic through work zones and motorists should plan for daily lane closures.

Additionally, in late August the contractor will restore the highway shoulders along Highway 75 from Hallock to Donaldson, and Highway 175 from Hallock to the border with North Dakota. Motorists can expect additional lane closures in these areas.

Knife River Materials is the contractor for the projects, totaling $3.67 million. The work will ensure a smoother and safer roadway with better drainage for motorists in the region.

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 the work zone.
For real-time traffic and travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.

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