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Multi-million dollar price tag set for I’Falls Highway 53 project

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN — Part of Highway 53 is nearly ready to go through a renovation, which is expected to cost more than $13 million.

City officials say that they will pay an estimated $1.3 million, while MnDOT will pay for the rest of the project.

Officials say the project is to update intersections to comply with the ‘Americans with Disabilities Act’, as well as to replace storm drains and traffic lights.

The section of roadway to be re-constructed will be from 2nd Ave N to just south of Memorial Drive.

Part of the project involves changing the structure of the highway from a five lane to a three lane roadway.

There will be a trail on the east side of the Highway for pedestrians, as well as new green spaces along the roadway.

Construction is set to begin in the summer of 2020, with completion set for the following year. There will be a follow-up in 2022 for landscaping.

Hunter McCullough

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