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Ribbon cutting set Thursday for Highway 27 project

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the opening of Highway 27 through downtown Little Falls. Frank Lee / Brainerd Dispatch file photo

All lanes and sidewalks east of the Mississippi River on the Highway 27 construction project were completed Aug. 23, in time for the upcoming Little Falls Craft Fair, scheduled Sept. 7-8.

To mark the occasion, the city of Little Falls and the “The Big Dig” committee invite the public to a ribbon-cutting celebration at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, on Highway 27 just east of Banker’s Square. The road will be closed for event attendees about 9-11 a.m. between First and Second streets. Parking is available east and west of Highway 27 near the Morrison County Government Center.

Motorists will be rerouted along side streets during the two-hour closure. Watch and obey law enforcement directing travelers through the area, a news release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation stated.

Highway 27 remains an active work zone on the west side of Little Falls. The road is closed from Paul Larson Memorial Drive to Eighth Street through September. Watch for closed areas and directional signs when navigating through the area.

When complete in October, the $7.6 million improvement project will reconstruct or resurface 2 miles of Highway 27 between 15th Street West and Ninth Street East, install new underground city utilities, curb, gutter and sidewalk, improve signals and adjacent entrance connections.

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For more Highway 27 project information, go to www.mndot.gov/d3/littlefalls .

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