Watch for road construction this fishing opener

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 www.511mn.org 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:

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 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.

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.

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


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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