Truck traffic through downtown will increase through the end of September

    If you’ve noticed an uptick in traffic coming through Crookston, it’s likely because of the detour that kicked in Monday due to the closure of the Highway 75 Bypass Bridge just outside of town, which is undergoing a repair and improvement project.

    Minnesota Department of Transportation officials say they expect the detour around the closed bridge to remain in effect until the end of September.

    PCi Roads, LLC of St. Michael, Minnesota is the primary contractor for the $3.86 million project. Funding for the work was included in the Capital Investment Bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature earlier this year.

    The project involves repairs to the bridge itself, shoulder reconstruction, concrete repairs, and paving.

     Crookston City Council members and City officials last week expressed frustration with the timing of the project, citing the increased truck traffic through downtown Crookston during the detour, especially trucks filled with sugar beets.