Friday, June 14, 2019

public meetings for Highway 75 reconstruction in Hendrum & Halstad

BEMIDJI, Minn. Additional open houses for a pair of Highway 75 reconstruction projects in Norman County are scheduled on Tuesday, June 18.
Along with the contractor, Spruce Valley Corporation, staff from MnDOT and the City, will be present to answer questions about the project and timeline. The public meetings will take place at:
·         4:30 p.m. at the Halstad Legion Recreation Center, 580 Second Avenue West
·         5:30 p.m. at the Hendrum Civic Center/Fire Hall, 308 Main Street East
Construction will begin as early as June 24, weather permitting. The project will reconstruct Highway 75 in both Hendrum and Halstad. The projects also feature:
  • Highway grade raise
  • Concrete resurfacing
  • Construction of turn lanes
  • Installation of highway lighting
  • Sidewalk replacement
  • Pedestrian accessibility improvements
  • Culvert replacement
  • Storm sewer, curb and gutter upgrades
Motorists can expect detours, lane restrictions and intersection closures. Access to local businesses and residents will be maintained throughout the project. The overall detour for motorists traveling Highway 75 is:
·         Halstad- County Roads 10, 19 and 21
·         Hendrum- County Roads 4, 25, 39

Spruce Valley Corporation is the contractor for the $8 million project. It is expected to last through November, weather permitting. Visit the website for additional details and detour maps at
To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, call 651-366-4720. To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718; the Minnesota Relay service toll-free at 1-800-627-3529 (TTY, Voice or ASCII) or 711, or email your request to
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

MnDOT open houses for Hwy 75 projects in Halstad and Hendrum

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Those who travel highway 75 in Halstad or Hendrum are encouraged to attend an open house to learn about this summer’s construction project.

Open house attendees will be able to learn about the project’s construction details, planned traffic changes, along with detour routes and schedule. A large layout of the project will be on display and MnDOT staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the project.

The open houses will be held at the following locations and times:

·         Halstad- April 2, 6 to 8 p.m., Legion Recreation Center, 580 Second Avenue West
·         Hendrum-  April 3, 6 to 8 p.m., Hendrum Fire Station, 309 Main Street West

Each of the projects include a grade raise at the levee, lighting upgrades, replacement of city sewer and utilities, sidewalk reconstruction and pedestrian accessibility improvements. It is scheduled to begin in June and will last through September, weather permitting.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, call 651-366-4720. To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718; the Minnesota Relay Service toll-free at 1-800-627-3529 (TYY, Voice or ASCII) or 711, or email your request to

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Spring load restrictions begin

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Winter load increases will end Thursday, March 14 and spring load restrictions will start Friday, March 15 on highways in the south, southeast, metro and central frost zones, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The frost zones can be found on the MnDOT load limits map.

Road restriction maps showing locations of weight-restricted routes are listed at Click on Spring Load Restrictions and then any of the mapping options.

Overweight permits for more than 80,000 pound gross vehicle weight will continue and new permits will be issued if all axle and group weights are legal. See axle weight limits.

Full-summer overweight permits can be issued during the spring load restriction period when engaging in interstate through movement travel only (no starting or stopping off the interstate system).

Middle-range overweight permits become available within each frost zone when spring load restrictions are lifted. Full-summer overweight permits become available two to three weeks after spring load restrictions are lifted. 

Ending dates for spring load restrictions are variable and based on how weather is affecting roadway strength. 

MnDOT will report start and end dates on its 24-hour automated message center at 1-800-723-6543 for the U.S. and Canada, and locally at 651-366-5400 for the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

For questions about legal axle weight during spring load restrictions or the gross vehicle weight schedule, call the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement at 651-350-2000.

For questions about oversize/overweight loads/permitting call MnDOT’s Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations – Oversize/Overweight Permits at 651-296-6000 or email

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit

Monday, March 11, 2019

Spring rain, snow melt may cause localized flooding, road closures

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Spring rain, melting snow and culverts and catch basins plugged with ice can cause water to back up onto highways. The Minnesota Department of Transportation wants to remind motorists to be watchful for flooded areas as water can rise quickly.

In many areas, ditches are filled with snow and the roadway shoulders have high banks of snow. MnDOT crews have already been working to push back snowbanks and clear catch basins, and will continue working with law enforcement to monitor conditions. If flooding occurs, lanes or other sections of highway may need to be closed with barricades and other traffic control devices.

MnDOT wants to remind all motorists that driving through standing or moving water is dangerous and that it is unlawful to drive through areas where roads are barricaded. Vehicles can be swept away in only several inches of moving water.

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Successful snowmobile rides start with safety

Snowmobile riders throughout the state would welcome a fresh round of snowfall, but despite less-than-ideal conditions in some areas, they’re hitting lakes and trails with a fervor. In advance of Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week – Jan. 19-27 – the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds snowmobilers of the importance of safe and responsible riding.

Minnesota has more than 22,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, about 21,000 of which are maintained by local snowmobile club volunteers. Add in the thousands of lakes on which people ride and there’s no shortage of opportunity to experience Minnesota atop a sled.

Every year, however, multiple riders are killed or injured while riding a snowmobile.

“Snowmobiling is fun and exciting – and is a great source of physical activity – but every time they fire up the engine snowmobilers should make safety their priority,” said Bruce Lawrence, recreational vehicle coordinator for DNR’s Enforcement Division. “By keeping a clear head and using common sense, snowmobile riders can go a long way toward ensuring a safe ride.”

Here are some key safety points to keep in mind:

·         Don’t drink and ride – alcohol and snowmobiling are a bad combination.
·         Wear a helmet and proper clothing.
·         Drive slower at night and be prepared for the unexpected.
·         Check local trail and ice conditions.
·         Cross with care.
·         Avoid riding alone.
·         Ride safe, stay on the trail and respect private property.
·         Smart riders are safe riders – take a snowmobile safety training course.

To legally operate a snowmobile in Minnesota, residents born after Dec. 31, 1976 must have a valid snowmobile safety certificate. Options for classroom and online safety courses can be found at For additional safety tips, see

(info via MN DNR)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

DOT Open house for Hwys 10 and 75 corridor study

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (Metro COG), MATBus, and the City of Moorhead are hosting an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the New Commons Building at the Moorhead High School to gather input for the future vision of the Highways 10 and 75 corridors in Moorhead.

The purpose of this open house is to gather input, determine needs and listen to community members to help guide the development of recommendations. MnDOT District 4 is planning to complete a reconstruction project in 2025 along Highways 10 and 75, and plans to incorporate the findings of this study into the design and public outreach.

The event will start with a brief presentation at 4:45 p.m., to review the Highway 10/75 corridor study. Then, community members will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with the study partners.

Handicap entrance is located at the South entrance (Door #1) of the building, and an elevator is available at the North entrance (Door #13). If you are arriving using public transportation, Route #3 makes a stop at Moorhead High School.

For more information about the Highway 10/75 Corridor Study, please visit For other transportation information, please visit
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit