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The detour for the Highway 71 project in Olivia is now set to begin August 9 instead of Monday, Aug. 1, as previously planned.

Hwy 71 will be open to two-way traffic during most of construction. Homes and businesses along the project route will remain accessible. Drivers can expect temporary lane and shoulder closures, along with other minor traffic impacts. Pedestrians will encounter temporary sidewalk and ramp closures.

Construction ends Oct. 8th. The 2.88 million dollars project involves the resurfacing of Hwy 71 from just south of Viking Drive to the Hwy 212 intersection.

Benefits of the project include upgrading existing sidewalk, ramps and adjacent driveways to current Americans with Disabilities Act standards, adding new sidewalk to create connections with existing sidewalks, and replacing portions of existing concrete curb and gutter and underground storm pipe from Ash Avenue to Hwy 212 to improve drainage during rainfall events

A detour will be in place for about one month during construction; it is currently scheduled for Aug. 8 – Sept. 9.