BEMIDJI, Minn. – Preliminary work to construct new passing and turning lanes on Highway 2 between Cass Lake and Deer River began this week, kicking off a $9.8 million dollar Corridors of Commerce project that will improve one of the major thoroughfares in northern Minnesota.
Work this fall includes grading, tree clearing and surveying activities. Some of this work may have minor, short-term impacts to traffic. Motorists are advised to use caution in work zones and obey all posted signs.
In 2015, work will proceed to construction of the passing lanes and turning lanes. Periodic lane shifts and closures will be present, requiring flaggers and pilot cars.
When complete, the project will provide a safer roadway with improved passing opportunities and more turn lanes.
Enacted during the 2013 legislative session, the $330 million Corridors of Commerce program is intended to increase highway capacity on areas where bottlenecks occur, improve freight movement and reduce barriers to commerce. For more information, see www.mndot.gov/corridorsofcommerce/.