BAXTER -- The first new segment of Highway 27 in downtown Little Falls will open to all users east of the Mississippi River bridge to First Street East, including all sidewalks to businesses, after 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, reports the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Highway 27 will open between Front Street Southeast and First Street East after 7 p.m. Tuesday. Then, the road will close between First Street Southeast and Eighth Street Southeast through August. Detour uses First Street Southeast , Fifth Avenue Southeast and 11th Street Southeast along Little Falls area public schools.

  • Highway 27 is closed west of the Mississippi River bridge between Paul Larson Memorial Drive and Eighth Street West until late September. Detour uses Morrison County Road 214 and Paul Larson Memorial Drive.

  • The Highway 27 and Highway 10 bridges are open over the Mississippi River in Little Falls.

  • Access open and maintained to all businesses north and south of Highway 27. Use open side streets, business back or side entrances and sidewalks for access.

  • Travelers in the area will encounter multiple crews working from sunrise to sunset along the entire Highway 27 project between 15th Street West and Ninth Street East. Expect periodic lane, shoulder or entrance closures. Pedestrians will encounter sidewalk closures with detours. For your safety and ours stay out of closed barricaded areas.

  • Commercial trucks must continue to use the truck detour along Morrison County Road 214 and Highway 10 over the Mississippi River until Oct. 1.

Knife River Construction is the prime contractor for the $7.6 million improvement project that will reconstruct or resurface two miles of Highway 27 between 15th Street Southwest and Ninth Street East, install new underground city utilities, curb, gutter and sidewalk, improve signals and adjacent entrance connections.

MnDOT thanks the community of Little Falls for their continued patience during this project, it stated in a news release.

To sign up for Highway 27 project email updates or get more project information, go to www.mndot.gov/d3/littlefalls/. For updates on Twitter, follow@MnDOTCentral.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, check www.511mn.org.