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Down to one lane: Construction on Highway 10

A resurfacing project will be taking highway 10 between Detroit Lakes and Hawley down to one lane starting Wednesday.

Going toward Hawley will be normal, coming back on the eastbound lanes could be a little slower-going.

"It won't slow traffic, but drivers do need to slow down in construction zones," said MNDOT Project Engineer Jesse Miller.

Miller says they will be working on a 20-mile stretch, but only a mile and a half at a time.

One lane will close down during the day while crews work, but will open back up during the night.

Construction company Knife River Materials out of Bemidji will be milling the road down by two inches.

"A big machine comes in and chews it down two inches, and then we'll come behind that with a paver and pave two inches of bituminous (asphalt) back in," said Miller.

The nearly $2 million project is expected to take roughly 22 days, depending on the weather.

Construction will be suspended during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The last time this section of road was resurfaced was in 1998, and Miller says the westbound lanes from Boyer Lake to Hawley were done three or four years ago.

"That one was a lot more involved, though, because it was a concrete overlay, but this one is pretty straightforward so it should go pretty quick."

Miller says the remaining westbound section from Boyer Lake to DL will be done sometime in the future.

MNDOT is also concentrating its efforts on the Highway 10 stretch between Frazee and Detroit Lakes beginning May 16.

"We're doing the same exact thing there, but it's only about a 7-mile stretch, so that one should only take a couple of weeks," said Miller.

Road construction season can be a sore spot for drivers, but Miller says it's a necessary pain.

"It's gotta be done; it does get frustrating, but people can get frustrated when there are rough roads, too."

Miller says depending on different variables, those stretches of roads should be good to go for 15 to 20 years.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to drive slowly and cautiously in these construction zones and to never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

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