We saw the first detour signs go up yesterday.
The long dreaded up-grade on Minnesota Trunk Highway #1 and 8th Street is set to get underway May 29th in Thief River Falls.
The project is set to begin with a traffic re-route around the intersection at Highway #1 and Atlantic Avenue before crews start in ernest from the railroad tracks to the 8th Street Bridge.
That is according to Andrea Long Voekner, with MnDOT; who says Dewey or Reserve Avenue will remain open during this segment of the project to allow traffic to cross Highway #1 to access neighborhoods on Thief River Falls North Side.
Voekner says contractors will complete work and re-open 8th Street to the Bridge before moving back to Atlantic as crews work west to Highway #32. When complete, that section of roadway will also reopen before crews move on to the final segment; milling and paving from the 8th Street Bridge east to County Road #18.
Voekner says this is a very large re-paving project that also includes city utility and sidewalk replacement and construction of a bike path. During much of the summer, motorists accessing NCTC, the MEC Ball Fields and Northeast Neighborhoods will suffer a long detour; north of Thief River Falls along Highway #32 and County County Roads #2 and #18.
Voekner says MnDOT plans to stay in close contact with the community during construction, promising a still-to-be-scheduled public information meeting before the start of the project.