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Major construction project beginning Monday on Highway 53 in International Falls

A major construction project is beginning Monday on Highway 53 in International Falls, as crews are starting a two year major pavement rehabilitation and streetscape enhancement project. A major construction project is beginning Monday on Highway 53 in International Falls, as crews are starting a two year major pavement rehabilitation and streetscape enhancement project. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: July 12, 2020 11:20 PM

A major construction project is beginning Monday on Highway 53 in International Falls, as crews are starting a two year major pavement rehabilitation and streetscape enhancement project.

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MnDOT says a local detour will be in place starting Monday from 17th Street to 6th Avenue West to Industrial Avenue. A truck detour will run from County Road 332 to County Road 156 to Hwy 11.

Access to businesses will be maintained throughout the project, MnDOT says.

Regarding work zone safety, drivers are reminded:

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution.
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change.
  • Watch for workers and slow moving equipment.
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel.
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

MnDOT will hold bi-weekly virtual public meetings on Thursdays at 10:30am via WebEx starting on July 9, regularly update the project website, and send weekly email updates.

The meetings will be recorded and available to watch at a later time.

To learn more about the project, connect to the public meeting, see maps, and sign up for the email updates, click here.

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