Final recommendation for Highway 197 expected this summer

The Highway 197 project is continuing through its community review panel phase.

According to a release, the volunteer, community-based committee will review the final segment of the corridor, east of Ridgeway Avenue to Bemidji Avenue, this month.

MnDOT conducted a corridor study in 2019 and proposed a series of roundabouts along the business-heavy stretch of road, which was rejected by the Bemidji City Council.

The corridor is slated to be under construction around 2026, as the pavement will reach the end of its service life.

A final recommendation for the Bemidji City Council is expected sometime this summer.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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