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April 19, 2021

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Road construction on Hwy 2 west of Bemidji starts May 10

Motorists will see short-term detour for Beltrami County Road 9 mid-May through early-June

Bemidji, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 2 west of Bemidji can expect short term delays and lane closures as construction begins on May 10. The project will include reduced conflict intersections (RCIs) constructed on Hwy 2 between Beltrami County Road 14, in Wilton, and Beltrami County Road 9. During the project, 48 LED lighting units will also be installed along the corridor to improve lighting and safety.

There will be a short-term detour during the Beltrami County Road 9/Highway 2 intersection work, which is estimated to take place May 10 through early June. Visit the website for project information as well as to sign up for email updates.

Gladen Construction Inc. is the contractor for the $2.89 million project. For more information and a project map, visit the website at mndot.gov/d2/projects/hwy2-bemidji.

RCIs decrease fatalities and injuries caused by T-bone crashes on four-lane divided highways. In some parts of the country, RCIs are sometimes referred to as J-turns, R-CUTs, Michigan Lefts.

RCIs improve safety, with up to a 70 percent reduction in injury crashes nationwide. For more information on this project or sign up for email updates, visit the project website: mndot.gov/d2/projects/hwy2-bemidji

You can also stay up to date on upcoming nearby projects in Bemidji:

Following guidance from state health officials and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, MnDOT crews will maintain social distancing practices while working.

MnDOT reminds drivers to slow down, avoid distractions and follow traffic signs in work zones.