More than 400 participate in Highway 197 corridor survey

More than 400 community members provided feedback on the proposed Highway 197 corridor project.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Headwaters Regional Development Commission, and a panel of stakeholders have been meeting for more than a year, as MnDOT plans reconstruction of the corridor in about six years when the pavement reaches the end of its useful life.

MnDOT initially presented a proposal for six roundabouts to be constructed along the corridor, but the council, at that time two years ago, rejected it.

The new proposal, with options including either one or two roundabouts on the western side of the corridor, will be presented before the council in September.

A link to provide additional comments on the plan is available on MnDOT’s website.


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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