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August 4, 2021

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Hwy 32 near Marcoux corner now open to traffic

Bemidji, Minn. – MnDOT announced today Highway 32 near Marcoux corner, previously detoured, is now open to traffic.  Motorists on Highway 2 near Marcoux can expect lane shifts beginning Friday, August 6, to head to head traffic in the westbound lanes. During the project, crews are installing a Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI) at Marcoux corner. The project also includes replacing the concrete roadway on Highway 2 eastbound lanes from Highway 32 to 1.8 miles west of Erskine, as well as a portion east of Erskine near the weigh station.

Hoffman Construction is the contractor for the $22.3 million project. The improvements will provide a smoother roadway and increase safety. For more information and a detour map, visit the website at www.mndot.gov/d2/projects/2021/hwy2-rci.

RCI’s 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.
RCI's 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 reminds drivers to slow down, avoid distractions and follow traffic signs in work zones.