It's road construction season in Minnesota

New bridges and roundabouts among the projects slated by the state's Department of Transportation.

Roundabouts at Thief River Falls

Construction of three roundabouts, part of a total of $70.8 million in new Minnesota Department of Transportation construction projects slated for 2020, got underway in Pennington County on Monday, June 1.

The roundabouts construction project is expected to last through early October and will be conducted in stages. The first phase will be on Highway 1 between Kinney Avenue and East Ruby Avenue, MnDOT reported. During Phase 1, crews will build a frontage road and construct a roundabout at Brooks Avenue and Barzen Avenue. Drivers will detour onto Front Street West.

After Phase 1 is finished, the second part of the project will get underway with construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 1 and 59. The detour will follow Pennington County Road 2 and County Road 14.

The Thief River Falls roundabouts are part of eight construction projects that will be completed this year in or near the city. The projects will be completed in stages in an effort to reduce the impact on motorists, according to MnDOT.

The other projects are:


-- Highway 1 resurfacing between Pennington County Road 18 and Highway 219, east of Thief River Falls.

-- Highway 32 resurfacing between Thief River Falls and St. Hilaire.

-- Highway 32 roundabout at the intersection of Pennington County Road 8 and Pennington County Road 16 south of Thief River Falls.

-- Extension of Pennington County Road 8.

-- Construction of a new bridge over the Red Lake River

Meanwhile, the Red Lake Water District will replace Highways 1 and 32 culverts and work on a flood damage reduction project. All three are part of the watershed’s Westside Flood Damage Reduction Project.

Besides the construction projects in Pennington County, MnDOT also will do several other projects in its Northwest District 2 in 2020.

They are:


Lake of the Woods County

The county will resurface Highway 172 and replace two culverts between Baudette and Wheeler’s Point. The project, which will be underway from August through October, will result in detours during the culvert replacement.

In conjunction with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the county will continue work on replacement of the Rainy River International Bridge on Highway 72 in Baudette and Highway 11 in Rainy River, Ontario. Traffic impact will be minimal because the new bridge is being constructed alongside the old bridge. The new bridge is expected to be opened to traffic in September.

Marshall County

Marshall County will replace two culverts on Highway 59 near Newfolden. The project will involve detours and lane closures. The project will be completed during July and August.

The county also will resurface and make pedestrian improvements on Highway 75 in Argyle and on Highway 1 and Highway 75 in Warren. Improvements include grading and resurfacing highways, resurfacing the multi-use trail, highway lighting, sidewalks, pedestrian ramps and accessibility improvements, curb and gutter and storm sewer.

The project, which will take place from July to October, will involve lane closures and short delays.

Finally, the county will replace a bridge over Snake River, 15 miles north of Oslo. The project, which began in 2019, will be completed this summer. It will result in a detour.


Polk County

Polk County will resurface Highway 2, east of Crookson, from 0.2 miles west of County Road 9 to 1 mile east of Highway 9. The project, which will be underway from June to July, will require lane closures and lane shifts. Drivers will shift to head-to-head eastbound or westbound lanes, depending on which side is being resurfaced.

The county also will resurface Highway 2 westbound lanes between Highway 32 and Polk County Road 44 near Marcoux Corner. Lane closures and lane shifts will take place. Motorists will be shifted to a single lane in each direction. The project is scheduled for June and July.

Roseau County

Roseau County will resurface Highway 313 between Warroad and the Canadian border. The project consists of grading and resurfacing the highway, resurfacing the multi-use trail, highway lighting, sidewalks, pedestrian ramps and accessibility improvements, curb and gutter and storm sewer.

The project, which will be underway during September and October, will involve lane closures, pilot cars and short-term delays.

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