The two-year Highway 10 Wadena improvement project from east of Bluffton to east of Wadena will mean single-lane closures-with use of flaggers and a pilot car-beginning June 3.

First, crews will resurface the west end between Bluffton and Third Street West in Wadena, then the east end between Harry Rich Drive and Oink Joint Road.

Drivers will have to stop and take turns going through the single-lane work zone, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported. Flaggers will let motorists know when it's safe to go and follow the pilot car through the area. Drivers at a driveway or intersection at Highway 10 will need to wait there until they see the pilot car go by first.

Be prepared for the work zone changing daily, and plan ahead for delays, MnDOT advised. Crews will work Monday-Saturday, sunrise to sunset, on good weather days, through the month of July.

"Be alert that horse-drawn buggy traffic may be navigating through the work zone," MnDOT reported.

Intersection work west of Wadena

Highway 10 will also have lane shifts and flaggers at the Highway 10/Otter Tail County Road 75 intersection west of Wadena. Crews will widen the road and install new center left-turn lanes for improved safety and access.

Looking ahead

In late summer/early fall, both directions of Highway 10 will close between Wadena County Road 4/Sunny Brook Road and Harry Rich Drive in Wadena to replace underground drainage structures near Union Creek. Detour uses Harry Rich Drive and County Road 4/Sunny Brook Road.

A project open house will be scheduled later this summer, MnDOT reported.

Next year, most of the mainline work/detours between Third Street West and County Road 4 will be done. In preparation, however, plan to see workers, equipment and periodic lane or shoulder closures in Wadena this year.