Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Aug. 6, 2018

Construction and detours on Hwy 92 from Brooks to Trail begin next week

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 92 between Brooks and Trail will encounter detours, lane closures and delays as construction begins on Monday, August 13. The project includes culvert work, resurfacing 19 miles of pavement, and construction of a combined by-pass and right-turn lane.

The road will be closed in stages to minimize traffic impacts:

  • Stage 1: Beginning August 13, Highway 92 will be closed from Brooks up to the intersection of Highway 222. This stretch of the roadway will be closed to thru-traffic for four days, weather permitting. Traffic will be detoured to County Road 7 and Highway 222.
  • Stage 2: Highway 92 will be closed from the intersection with Highway 222 up to the intersection with County Road 7. Weather permitting, this stretch will be closed to thru-traffic for five days. Traffic will be detoured to County Road 7 and Highway 92.
  • Stage 3: Highway 92 will be closed from the intersection with County Road 7 to Trail. This section of the roadway will be closed to thru-traffic for eight days, weather permitting. Traffic will be detoured to County Roads 5, 6, 7 and 8, and Highway 92.

Upon completion of each stage, motorists will encounter loose gravel on the roadway until paving for the entire project is completed under traffic.

Knife River is the prime contractor for the $2.9 million project, which is expected to last through September.

Beginning August 16 until completion of the project, public meetings will be held every Thursday at 11 a.m., at the Oklee City Hall, 301 Main Street. The meetings will provide opportunity to ask questions and stay up-to-date on the project’s schedule.

MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, and reminds them to slow down in the work zone and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.