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Highway 371 lane shifts, closures begin Monday in Nisswa

Motorists travelling Highway 371 in Nisswa will encounter lane shifts and short traffic interruptions on local streets beginning Monday, May 13.

That day’s traffic changes will include the following.

• Highway 371 between the south Highway 371/Hazelwood Drive intersection and Nisswa Avenue will be reduced to a single lane in each direction as traffic is switched to the existing northbound lanes. Traffic will then switch to the new southbound lanes while the northbound lanes are reconstructed. All lanes of Highway 371 will open in fall 2013.

• Access at the Highway 371/Main Street intersection will become right-in, right-out only as the median crossover to southbound Highway is closed and the traffic signal is removed.

• The Highway 371/Nisswa Avenue intersection will become a four-way stop. This four-way stop will remain in place for one to two days until a new, temporary signal system is activated. The signal system will provide easy access between Highway 371, local businesses and the city of Nisswa, and will remain in place until the permanent signal is installed at the new Highway 371/County Road 18 intersection.

These initial closures and temporary signal are needed as crews reconstruct southbound Highway 371 and begin work on a pedestrian tunnel beneath Highway 371.

When complete, the project will improve motorist and pedestrian safety and mobility, reconstruct four lanes of Highway 371, improve turn lanes and provide a new Crow Wing County Road 18 connection. The project also adds a new pedestrian tunnel, improves local roads and utilities and creates better access to the Paul Bunyan Trail.

For more information and the latest map, visit the project’s website at

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.