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U.S. Highway 71 will be closed from Viking Drive to U.S. Highway 212 in Olivia beginning Monday, August 1. A detour using Renville County Roads 1 and 4 will be in place for approximately one month.

All homes and businesses along the project route will remain accessible during construction.

Work began July 18 on the project, which includes:

  • Resurfacing Hwy 71 from just south of Viking Drive to the Hwy 212 intersection
  • Upgrading existing sidewalk, ramps, and adjacent driveways
  • Adding new sidewalk to create connections with existing sidewalk
  • Replacing portions of concrete curb and gutter and underground storm pipe
  • Regrading ditches and replacing several culverts
  • Adding a southbound bypass lane at Viking Drive

Work zone reminders

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone
  • Never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones
  • Stay alert; watch for workers and slow-moving equipment
  • Obey posted speed limits; fine for a work zone violation is $300
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel
  • Be patient and expect delays, especially during peak travel times