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April 25, 2024

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Construction on Hwy 34 Osage to Park Rapids begins May 13

Motorists will detour utilizing Becker CR 48 and Highway 71

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today, construction on Highway 34 from Osage to Park Rapids will begin May 13.  The project limits include from County Road 26/47 west of Osage to Western Avenue in Park Rapids. Motorists will detour utilizing Becker CR 48 and Highway 71.

The project includes a full depth pavement reclamation, shoulder widening, culvert replacements, and sidewalk upgrades in Osage. The project is expected to be complete in mid-September, weather permitting. For more information as well as a detour map, visit the project website: www.mndot.gov/d4/projects/hwy34osage .  

Project benefits and cost
Benefits of the project include a safer road, improved drainage, pedestrian improvements, and a smoother and longer lasting driving surface. Anderson Brothers is the contractor for the $8.4 million project.

Important reminders for motorists regarding work zone safety:

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution.
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change.
  • Watch for workers and slow-moving equipment.
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel.
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times.