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Heading to your favorite fishing hole? Watch for highway work zones


ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges anglers to plan ahead and watch for highway work zones on the way to their favorite fishing spots this weekend, which marks the state’s fishing opener for walleye, bass, northern pike and lake trout.

With more than 200 road and bridge projects underway this construction season, motorists may encounter lane closures and detours. MnDOT recommends that motorists visit to get information about road construction projects and traffic impacts before they head out, think about alternate routes and prepare for slower moving traffic.

Some of the highway projects in the northwest area at may affect weekend travel include:

• Hwy 2 Bemidji:

Highway 2 west of Bemidji from Wilton to Beltrami County Road 9: Reduced to one lane, short delays and speed restrictions in force.

• Hwy 1/59 in Thief River Falls:

Hwy 1 detour route and bypass lane at the intersection. The bypass will allow motorists to access local businesses east of intersection of Highway 59 and Highway, while the majority of the intersection is built. Please use slow speeds and respect workers in the construction zone.

• Hwy 2 Marcoux to Erskine:

Between Polk County Road 113 (5 miles west of Mentor) and Hwy 59: Reduced to one lane, head to head traffic, speed restrictions in force, width limit of 11 feet, length limit of 100 feet.

• Hwy 200 from Hwy 371 near Walker to Hwy 84: (Beginning Monday, May 17)

Between Hwy 371 (near Walker) and Hwy 84: Reduced to one lane, watch for flaggers. Pilot car in operation. Width limit 11 feet.

MnDOT urges motorists to be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For a complete list of projects by highway or region, visit

Motorists can stay informed about projects and other transportation topics by connecting to MnDOT via social media, as well as by signing up for email updates for major projects at


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