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Highway 371 work in Nisswa to begin in mid-May

Highway 371 construction in Nisswa is scheduled to start in mid-May, city engineer Don Anderson with Widseth Smith Nolting engineering firm told the Nisswa City Council on Wednesday, April 17.

The temporary traffic lights at Nisswa Avenue will be functional, replacing the current lights at Hazelwood Drive/Main Street.

The first stage of construction will move all traffic to the northbound lanes, with one lane of traffic in each direction, as southbound lanes are reconstructed. The Hazelwood Drive-Highway 371 intersection will be closed.

That phase is expected to take two months, weather permitting.

In mid-July, traffic will switch to the newly constructed southbound lanes, one lane in each direction, and the northbound lanes will be reconstructed.

At that time, construction of the pedestrian tunnel will begin on the downtown side, as well as improvements to Smiley Road in front of Nisswa Square.

This phase is expected to be completed in mid-September, weather permitting.

Final paving and striping will then be done, with the project completion anticipated at the end of October.

Middle Cullen Road

In other road news, the council heard from Middle Cullen Road residents and Lake Edward Township supervisors regarding complaints about winter snowplowing of that road.

A committee of city and township officials will meet to talk about the issue.