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Backus to Hackensack detour officially open. Highway 371 closed to through traffic

This map shows the Minnesota Department of Transportation's approved Highway 371 detour from Backus to Hackensack in blue, and an alternate detour the Echo Journal identified in black. (Click on the image to view the entire graphic.) Echo Journal Illustration

MnDOT Project Supervisor, Kirk Allen, has announced by email that Highway 371 is now closed to through traffic in the construction area north of Hwy. 87 to the city of Hackensack.

The contractor is now working at location C and it is impassable.

They are also working at location D. Traffic can still get through at this location until tomorrow morning. At that time this will also be impassable. The approved detour west of Backus is now officially open.

Residents and business owners can still access their properties by following unapproved routes published in this map by the PineandLakes Echo Journal.