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Jan. 14, 2022

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Tree, brush removal underway for 2022 construction work

way in northwest Minnesota. Motorists may encounter shoulder closures, lane shifts, or flaggers as crews work along the road at various locations. All work will be complete by March 31, 2022.

The tree cutting and brush removal helps clear areas for construction in 2022 as well as improve areas for drainage once the construction work is completed. Removal work takes place in winter months to ensure seasonal nesting patterns of bats are not disrupted.

Expect tree and debris clearing at these known locations:

  • Hwy 71 in Bemidji from Anne Street to Winter Sumac Road, to resurface and improve intersections, includes roundabout at Anne Street.
  • Hwy 92 from Zerkel to Clearwater CR 35, to resurface and widen shoulders.

Motorists are asked to watch for crews working along the MnDOT right-of-way, slow down and obey traffic laws. Cleared trees will be recycled and used for mulch and erosion control throughout the project area. Learn more about MnDOT’s tree guidelines at mndot.gov/roadsides/vegetation/trees.