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Highway 9 project in Pope, Swift counties begins May 11

DETROIT LAKES - Motorists on Highway 9 will be detoured beginning Tuesday, May 11, when a resurfacing project begins between Benson and three-quarters of a mile north of the Pope/Stevens county line, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Traffic will be detoured on Stevens County Road 8 east of Hancock, Pope County Road 2 and Highway 29 while Highway 9 is closed between Hancock and Benson.

The $3.3 million project includes milling and paving, replacing culverts and replacing an approach panel at the Chippewa River bridge in Benson.

A bypass lane will also be added to Highway 12 at Pope County Road 3 west of Benson. That work will take approximately one week and will require daytime lane closures.

Due to favorable weather conditions, Duininck Bros. Inc., the prime contractor, is able to start and complete the project ahead of schedule. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-June, weather permitting.

During construction and road maintenance work, Mn/DOT urges drivers to:

--Check or call 5-1-1 for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions.

--Stay alert, expect the unexpected.

--Never enter a road that has been blocked with barriers or cones.

--Minimize distractions.

--Don't use cell phones.

--Remember text messaging while driving is illegal.

--Don't eat or drink while driving.

--Be patient. Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.