MnDOT to discuss Highway 197 project

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– The Minnesota Department of Transportation is scheduled to give a presentation on the Highway 197 corridor project during a Bemidji City Council work session later this month.

The state’s department of transportation has been working on a study of the corridor from Bemidji Avenue to Gillette Drive, and it details recommended improvements for the highway in relation to traffic, bicycle and pedestrian safety, as well as corridor growth and congestion.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that $900 million will be available for BUILD grants, with the maximum grant amount of $25 million for a project with significant local impact.

MnDOT would like to submit the highway 197 project for this grant, according to a memo from City Engineer Craig Gray.

The council will discuss a letter of support during their meeting Monday. 


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 family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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