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MnDOT invites public to open house in Highway 371 construction

HACKENSACK—Hackensack and Backus area residents, businesses and motorists are invited to attend an open house to learn about a major construction project on Highway 371 between Backus and Hackensack.

The project requires a detour beginning Sept. 4.

The public open house will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Hackensack City Hall, 208 First St. N.

Open house attendees will be able to learn about work to be performed, planned traffic changes and the detour route, view large layouts of the project, speak with project staff, get questions answered and take home project information.

To request an American Sign Language or foreign language interpreter, call 651-366-4720. To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718; the Minnesota Relay service toll-free at 800-627-3529 (TTY, Voice or ASCII) or 711, or email a request to

The Highway 371 Backus to Hackensack project will reconstruct Highway 371 between Highway 87/Washburn Avenue in Backus and County Highway 40 in Hackensack, replace underground pipes and make other improvements while lanes are closed. When complete, the project will result in a smoother ride with a long-life pavement along 7.5 miles of Highway 371, extend the life of the roadway and improve drainage in the area, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported.

For more project information or to sign up for email updates, visit the projects' website at