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More work on Highway 78 will start Monday

Motorists on Highway 78 between Perham and Battle Lake will experience lane closures and possible delays beginning Monday, Sept. 23, when crews begin resurfacing the highway.

Crews will begin near Perham and work south toward Battle Lake.

Different segments of the road will be affected each day, and flaggers and pilot cars will be used to help motorists move safely through the work zone.

Flaggers will allow one-way, alternating traffic through the work zone. Drivers must obey the flagger, be prepared to stop and follow the pilot car through the work zone. Motorists entering driveways or roads that intersect with Highway 78 within a work zone must wait for the pilot car to pass, then follow it through the work zone.

The resurfacing is expected to take about one month.

Highway 78 remains closed to through-traffic between Battle Lake and Ottertail. Motorists are being diverted to Highway 108 and Highway 210. Only local residents and motorists accessing businesses may use Highway 78 within the closure area.

Additional information about and the project and pilot car safety can be found online at

When the surfacing work is complete, motorists will notice a smoother ride and improved safety along 26 miles of Highway 78.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.orgor dial 5-1-1.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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