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Watch for increased traffic near South 6th Street as school begins

Motorists traveling near the Business Highway 371/South Sixth Street reconstruction project in Brainerd should watch for buses, additional vehicles and students walking or biking along local roads next week as students head back to school.

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Motorists traveling near the Business Highway 371/South Sixth Street reconstruction project in Brainerd should watch for buses, additional vehicles and students walking or biking along local roads next week as students head back to school.

With several school facilities located near the project, congestion is expected on local roads. Students on foot or bicycles will be crossing streets and using roadways on their way to school. Motorists navigating near the project should slow down, plan additional time for travel and share the road.

Crews continue their work on the final segment of the project between Quince Street and Highway 210/Washington Street. Plan for the following when navigating through the work area:

• Business Highway 371/South Sixth Street between Quince Street and Highway 210/Washington Street will remain closed Aug. 30 through early October. A local signed detour uses South Eighth Street and Quince Street.

• Cross street traffic to be maintained and open between Oak Street and Highway 210/Washington Street. Only one of three cross streets to be closed: Oak Street, Maple Street or Laurel Street.

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• A signed pedestrian detour will direct students to the south side crosswalk at Quince Street to access school facilities on the east or west side of Business Highway 371/South Sixth Street.

• Business Highway 371/South Sixth Street remains open to local traffic between Quince Street and Joseph Street.

• Access to businesses, schools and residents will be maintained and open at all times. However, expect changes, including pedestrian sidewalk detours and gravel surfaces.

For everyone's safety, follow road signs and remind children to stay out of closed work areas.

When complete in mid-October 2018, the project will reconstruct the roadway, upgrade city underground utilities and infrastructure, improve pedestrian accessibility and upgrade signal systems.

For more information about this project, including maps, visit www.mndot.gov/d3/brd .

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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