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Highway 10 construction update within Detroit Lakes

On Monday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation begins a $37 million project to improve safety and mobility along the Highway 10 Corridor. This is a joint effort with the City of Detroit Lakes and the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad.

The project is located in the City of Detroit Lakes. It is broken into four major phases covering the next four construction seasons.

Work includes reconstruction and realignment of approximately three miles of Highway 10; realignment of the BNSF railroad tracks; construction of a Roosevelt Avenue underpass of Highway 10 and the BNSF railroad; reconstruction of approximately one-half mile of Highway 59 between Highway 10 and 34 and the construction of a frontage road around Big Detroit Lake from East Shore Drive to downtown Detroit Lakes.

The primary contractors for this season's construction are Lunda Construction Company, based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Black River Falls, Wis., for the railroad grade work.

The contract for the Highways 59/34 intersection was awarded to Central Specialties from Alexandria, Minnesota. Work scheduled for this construction season includes:

n Reconstruction of the intersection at Highways 59/34 including installation of a new signal system.

n Construction of a BNSF railroad bridge over the new Roosevelt alignment.

n Construction of the new railroad grade.

Impacts to traffic this construction season will be minimal. In early May, a short-term (five-day) road closure is planned for Roosevelt Avenue to allow crews to begin construction of the north half of the Roosevelt underpass. Kris Street will close for one week in mid-July so that crews can work on the new railroad grade.

Single lane closures are scheduled for Highways 59 and 34 during this season's construction. Motorists will also encounter a 4-way stop at this intersection and reduced lane widths on this portion of the roadway.

The goal of this project is to improve safety along the Highway 10 Corridor. Lee Berget, Mn/DOT District 4 Transportation Engineer, points out, "In 2003 the Pawlenty-Molnau 'Transportation Finance Bill/Bond Accelerated and Safety Preservation' proposal identified this project and accelerated construction by three years."

The design balances mobility for through-traffic on Highway 10 with local traffic movements in harmony with the area's cultural and natural resources. For more project-specific information, visit the Highway 10/Connect Detroit Lakes website at:

Mn/DOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, reminds them to slow down in the work zone and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.