Construction on Highway 71 in Park Rapids nears final phase

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D2 - Hwy 71/Hubbard County Rd 15 in Park Rapids: 2019 construction

Construction of roundabout begins Sept. 23

Crews are currently grading and pouring curb and gutter. They will begin paving on September 16, weather permitting.

Crews are currently grading and pouring curb and gutter. They will begin paving on Sept. 16, weather permitting.

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today the Highway 71 project in Park Rapids final phase is tentatively scheduled to begin Sept. 23. Crews will be constructing a roundabout on Highway 71 at the intersection with Hubbard County Roads 15 and 53 in Park Rapids. The project also includes pedestrian accessibility improvements on Highway 71, from County Road 15 to Eighth Street.

The project has three phases:

  • Phase 1 (Completed): Motorists will experience an intersection closure at 11th Street and Pleasant Avenue for approximately one week as crews begin road improvements on 11th Street.
  • Phase 2 (Currently under construction): A detour will begin for Highway 71 as motorists use County Road 53, Pleasant Avenue and Eighth Street. This phase includes grading and resurfacing north to Eighth Street, storm sewer replacement, and along with the City of Park Rapids, resurfacing and replacement of frontage roads, sanitary sewer and watermains. This phase is estimated to be complete by mid September.
  • Phase 3: During this final phase, crews will complete the construction of the roundabout at the intersection of County Roads 15 and 53. A detour will be in place for the construction of the roundabout on County Road 28 to Highway 34.

Weekly public meetings will be held Thursdays at 9 a.m. during construction. The meetings will be held at the Hubbard County Highway Department located at 101 Crocus Hill Street in Park Rapids. The project is scheduled to be completed in October. 

Gladen Construction, Inc. of Laporte was awarded the project with a bid of $4,274,512. For more information on the project, including detour maps, please visit Also, consider joining our Facebook group for current news and updates:

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