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Get ready for major work on Highway 29 North Wednesday

Motorists on Highway 29 north of Alexandria will experience lane closures, pilot cars and possible delays when a resurfacing project begins Wednesday, May 7.

The project will extend along Highway 29 from McKay Avenue on the north side of Alexandria to Highway 210.

The section of Highway 29 in Parkers Prairie will be excluded from the resurfacing project. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is working with the city on a separate project currently scheduled for 2016 or 2017.

Crews plan to start on the south end of the construction zone.

Flaggers will allow one-way, alternating traffic through the work zone. Drivers must obey the flagger, be prepared to stop and follow the pilot car through the work zone.

Motorists entering from driveways or roads that intersect with Highway 29 within a work zone must wait for the pilot car to pass, then follow it through the work zone.

Central Specialties, Inc., of Alexandria is the prime contractor for the $8.4 million project. Work is scheduled to be complete by early July, weather permitting.

The project was originally scheduled to begin in July. Based on drivers’ concerns, MnDOT was able to work with the contractor to move the project forward.

The schedule change will reduce the amount of time and material needed to repair potholes and cracks along this segment Highway 29, according to MnDOT.

It also allows MnDOT crews to focus on maintaining other roads in the region.

When the project is complete, motorists will notice a smoother ride and improved safety along 29 miles of Highway 29, MnDOT offiicials said.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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