DETROIT LAKES — The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced in a news release that it will reopen state Highway 55 near Glenwood by 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22. The highway has been closed since July for construction.

This year’s work marked the start of a two-year project to construct an overpass bridge on state Highway 29. According to a news release, crews realigned Highway 55, moving it closer to the railroad to minimize the length of the future bridge; reconstructed 160th Street; and built a roundabout at the Highway 55/160th Street intersection, which is now operational.

Through the winter, traffic will remain on the old alignment of Highway 55. Crews will return in the spring to tie together the new alignment and switch traffic. They will also then begin construction of the Highway 29 bridge and a second roundabout at the Highway 29/160th Street intersection.

Once completed, the Highway 29 overpass will eliminate an at-grade crossing with the Canadian Pacific railway system and address safety and congestion issues. For more information about the project and to sign up for email updates, visit the project website:

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