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Highway 27 bridge south of Osakis opens today

Motorists will find all lanes of Highway 27 at I-94, south of Osakis, open by 5 p.m. today, Thursday, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The detour is expected to be lifted this afternoon.

The Highway 27 bridge spanning I-94 has been closed since late March 2017, while crews repaired and resurfaced the bridge.

Daytime lane closures on Highway 27 and the Highway 27/I-94 interchange ramps south of Osakis are scheduled to resume June 22-30. Highway 27 and the interchange ramps will remain open, and flaggers will control traffic through the daily work zones.

Motorists navigating the work zones must obey the flaggers and all traffic control signage and devices, slow down, be prepared to stop and give crews room to work safely.

These intermittent closures are needed while crews resurface the interchange's lanes and ramps.

The closures and work are part of a project to rehabilitate and resurface the Highway 27 bridge, repair and resurface both bridge approaches and resurface all four Highway 27/I-94 interchange ramps.

The entire project is expected to be completed by June 30.

When complete, the project will extend the life of the bridge and improve the road's ride, according to transportation officials.

For more information about the I-94/Highway 27 rehabilitation project, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/2017/osakis.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.

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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