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Highway 84 in Longville to close to vehicles longer than 35 feet

LONGVILLE--Motorists who travel Highway 84 south of downtown Longville should plan their travel in advance as several traffic changes begin Aug. 15. The existing Highway 84 bridge spanning the Boy River will close along with other changes. Motori...

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Motorists who travel Highway 84 south of downtown Longville should plan their travel in advance as several traffic changes begin Aug. 15. The existing Highway 84 bridge spanning the Boy River (yellow circle area) will close along with other changes. BrainerdDispatch.com Illustration

LONGVILLE-Motorists who travel Highway 84 south of downtown Longville should plan their travel in advance as several traffic changes begin Aug. 15.

The existing Highway 84 bridge spanning the Boy River will close along with other changes. Motorists, including commercial truck drivers, should also plan for the following:

• Highway 84 at the Boy River bridge will become a single lane with flaggers or a signal system allowing one-way, alternating traffic through the work zone.

• Highway 84 at the Boy River bridge will be closed to trucks, RVs and other vehicles longer than 35 feet. Drivers of vehicles longer than 35 feet may follow the signed detour along Highway 84, Cass County Highway 11 and Cass County Highway 5, or seek their own alternate routes.

Motorists approaching the Highway 84 work zone in Longville should slow down and be prepared to stop and obey the flaggers, temporary signal system and signage, a Minnesota Department of Transportation news release stated. When no flaggers are present, motorists stopped by the temporary signal must wait for all oncoming traffic to clear from the single-lane segment of Highway 84 before entering.

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All lanes of Highway 84 south of Longville will open by Oct. 25.

The lane closures are needed while crews replace the existing Highway 84 bridge.

When complete, the project will replace the existing bridge with a box culvert bridge. The new box culvert bridge includes wider shoulders, improved guardrail and redesigned off-roadway features. The new design will improve safety and reduce long-term maintenance costs, the MnDOT release stated.

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