MnDOT is reconstructing the intersection of Highway 71 and Hubbard County Road 15 in Park Rapids, as well as completing pedestrian accessibility improvements on Highway 71, from Hubbard County Road 15 to Eighth Street in Park Rapids.
Weekly public meetings will be held Thursdays at 9am during construction. The meetings will be held at the Hubbard County Highway Department located at 101 Crocus Hill St. in Park Rapids.
Current Traffic Impacts
(Updated August 16, 2019)
Motorists will experience lane closures, detours and delays as construction continues in Park Rapids. Crews are reconstructing Highway 71. All city utilities are complete in Phase 2 of the project while crews are still installing the storm sewer. Crews are also continuing grading as well as construction curb and gutter in late August. Motorists will use County Road 53, Pleasant Avenue and Eighth Street in Park Rapids.
Key project elements
- Intersection revision, including roundabout construction
- Pedestrian accessibility improvements
- Grading and resurfacing
- Storm sewer updates
- City water main and sanitary sewer updates
Phase 1: Motorists will experience an intersection closure at 11th Street and Pleasant Avenue for approximately one week as crews begin road improvements on 11th Street.
Phase 2: A detour will begin for Highway 71 as motorists use County Road 53, Pleasant Avenue and Eighth Street. This phase includes grading and resurfacing north to Eighth Street, storm sewer replacement, and along with the City of Park Rapids, resurfacing and replacement of frontage roads, sanitary sewer and watermains. This phase is estimated to be complete by late August or early September.
Phase 3: During this final phase, crews will complete the construction of the roundabout at the intersection of County Roads 15 and 53.