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Crews continue to work Thursday on the massive bypass around the city of Paynesville. The project would come to a standstill if state lawmakers can't come to a compromise on a budget. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Paynesville bypass work would stop in case of shutdown


A three-year, $32.2 million project to build a highway bypass ar-ound Paynesville will come to a screeching halt next month if a budget impasse results in a state shutdown.

With his own layoff notice in hand, Paul Rasmussen, project engineer from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, said plans are being made to temporarily suspend the project in case the shutdown becomes a reality.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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