8th Street Construction Zone Advisories Issued

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Advisories have been issued concerning the 8th Street Construction Zone in Thief River Falls.

The first from MnDOT and Pennington County; that the Long’s Bridge Shortcut, east of Dewey Avenue, has been posted as Five Ton Route in an effort to limit truck and semi traffic.

County Engineer Mike Flaagan says they are advising trucks accessing the Elevator on Davis to use the posted detour or Pennington County #31, a gravel state aid road one mile north of the Long’s Bridge Road.

From Thief River Falls Mayor Brian Holmer; specialized contractors are removing old pipe containing asbestos from the construction zone. Crews wear and use special containment suits that might look alarming but there is no problem at the site and no danger to the public.

Meanwhile, Project Engineer, Andrea Long Voelker, with the State Department of Transportation, says contractors are keeping pace with the project, in spite of recent rain.

Long Voelkner says when Reserve opens, Dewey will be closed.

Adding to all the activity; mill and overlay this week on Greenwood along with the installation of a flashing crosswalk at the intersection with Spruce, stop light work at the intersection of 8th and Main, and beginning Monday: work on the Double Lanes / Highway #59 East of the Third Street Rail Crossing along with center-line striping; which will include the Central Business District.

And one other note on the Long’s Bridge Short-Cut, although the route is posted “5 Ton,” Long’s Bridge itself is built to 10 ton standards. County Officials say it will stand up to the increased traffic, now estimated at some two thousand cars a day, without damage.

Motorists advised to be on the watch for construction crews city-wide, make some additional time for the daily commute, slow down and stay off the cell phone.

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