A lengthy and long detour - both in miles and calendar dates - will start on Monday, August 10 along Highway 23 south of Pleasant Valley.  According to officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the detour will be necessary due to the bridge replacement project at Deer Creek and at the Nemadji River.  The detour will temporarily take the place of the signal-controlled bypass lane that was in place.

In order to bypass the two bridge replacement projects, a detour will be in place taking drivers off of Highway 23 and onto County Road 8 to County Road 11, County Road 11 to County Road 6, and County Road 6 to County Road 1.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation will have highly-visible signs in place to alert drivers to and help them navigate the actual detour.

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation anticipate that the detour will be necessary for the two projects for 21 calendar days - beginning Monday, August 10.  Calculating the timetable, that would bring the work and the detour to the end of August, with the roadway most-likely reopening to traffic on Tuesday, September 1.

MNDOT assures the general public about the health and safety precautions in place during road work this summer.  According to their website:

"Road work continues to be a critical service. MnDOT is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of its employees, contractors and all Minnesotans. Crews continue to follow the guidance of state and federal health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19."

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has a virtual project page for this bridge replacement work on their website.  Click here to get all the details.

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