Highway 27 reopens in Osakis, detour lifts

The closure was necessary to reconstruct or improve 14 miles of Highway 27.

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OSAKIS — The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that Highway 27 in the Osakis area, Douglas and Todd counties, is now open to all travelers in time for the holidays.

Highway 27 has been closed and detoured since May between Douglas County Road 82/Todd County Road 51 in Osakis and Highway 71 south of Long Prairie. The closure was necessary to reconstruct or improve 14 miles of Highway 27.

Throughout the six-month, $19.5 million project, crews were able to complete the following improvements:

  • Replace a total of four bridges, which includes the Lake Wobegon Trail bridge
  • Repair or replace drainage pipes
  • Reconstruct, resurface, widen the road, and improve safety and access along Highway 27

The project provides a smooth, wider road surface, updated drainage and improved safety for travelers, and a better Lake Wobegon Trail experience.
MnDOT thanks the community for their patience during this Highway 27 project.

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