Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 71


Safety Improvements- Bemidji

Hwy 71 in Bemidji
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About the project

MnDOT plans to resurface a portion of Highway 71 and make intersection improvements at eight locations between Highway 197 and Winter Sumac Road. Construction is scheduled to take place in 2022. The highway is in need of long-term improvements to address intersection safety and aging infrastructure. The additional intersections included in the project are:

  • Anne Street
  • Net way
  • Fern Street
  • Blueberry Lane
  • Balsam Road
  • Lakewood Drive
  • Glidden Road
  • Winter Sumac Road


In 2019, MnDOT worked with a community panel to develop and evaluate options that would support the community’s vision for the corridor. The panel was comprised of local business owners, residents, motorists, emergency services, and officials from the township, city and county.


Visit the resources tab to view and print the display materials from the study. Items include traffic levels and turning movements, crash statistics and examples of different alternatives. *These renderings are for planning purposes