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April 24, 2021

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MnDOT announces Thief River Falls construction resumes Monday, April 26

Motorists will experience a detour beginning early May

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation will resume construction of the roundabout at Highways 1 and 59 in Thief River Falls. Highway 1 resurfacing is also expected to resume construction next week.

Crews will begin by constructing bypass lanes for the intersection of Highways 1 and 59. Once complete, approximately early-May, motorist can expect a detour in place:

  • Eastbound and westbound traffic on Highway 1, as well as truck traffic headed northbound on Highway 59, will detour onto Pennington county roads 31 and 14.
  • Southbound truck traffic on Highway 59, north of Highway 1, will utilize Pennington county road 31 east to Highway 32.

Business access will be maintained throughout the project.

In 2021, the construction of 10 projects in the Thief River Falls and surrounding area took place. Although the projects didn’t all begin at once, they all had to work in coordination with each other to combine detours and lessen the overall impact on residents and motorists.

The final roundabout project as well as Highway 1 resurfacing were carried over to 2021.

“We had a number of weather delays that pushed back elements of the project,” said MnDOT project manager, Andrea Weleski. “We made the decision to delay completion of that final roundabout, near the Petro Pumper intersection, until this spring.” 

“In order to avoid a winter-long detour route, we paused construction on October 9, 2020, and we are picking it up again this spring,” says Bill Pirkl, MnDOT Program Delivery.

This intersection remained an all-way stop throughout the winter until the final roundabout is constructed in 2021.

The Highway 1 resurface project will also continue April 26. When the project begins again, the overall traffic impact will be much lower as the preparation of this construction was completed in 2020.

Visit the MnDOT website to learn more about each of the projects at mndot.gov/d2/projects/2020/thief-river-falls.