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May 20, 2024

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Construction on Highway 72 in Baudette begins early June

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today, construction on Highway 72 in Baudette begins early June.  The project will be constructed between First Avenue and the Canadian border. Motorists traveling to and from the border crossing will utilize the signed detour.

The project includes grading, curb and gutter, storm sewer, bituminous surfacing, ADA improvements, and city utilities on Highway 72 in Baudette. The project is expected to be complete in late-August, weather permitting. For more information as well as a detour map, visit the project website: www.mndot.gov/d4/projects/hwy72-baudette .  

Project benefits and cost
Benefits of the project include a safer road, improved drainage, and a smoother and longer lasting driving surface. Davidson Construction is the contractor for the $6.5 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.