Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Oct. 18, 2019

Closures on Hwy 87 for artesian well sealing to begin Oct. 28

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Starting Monday, Oct. 28, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin a project to seal an artesian well that’s located on MnDOT right of way along Hwy 87 near the Toad River. The repairs are necessary ahead of the future widening of Hwy 87 and bridge replacement scheduled in 2021.

As crews stage equipment on the highway, a road closure is required for approximately one week, weather permitting. Traffic will be detoured to County Road 33/51, County Road 60 and County Road 39/13 from Oct. 28 through Nov. 1. Local traffic will be maintained, but the road will be impassable at the well location.

After the road reopens, motorists will encounter daily lane closures on Hwy 87 for up to three weeks. Crews will use an automated traffic signal to control traffic during daylight hours.

MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution and reminds them to never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.

Visit mndot.gov/d4/projects/frazee to stay up-to-date on this project and to learn more about the 2021 project on Highway 87. For questions or concerns, contact Tom Pace, project manager, at 218-846-3627 or thomas.pace@state.mn.us

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