Minnesota Department of Transportaion continues its steady pace on the State highway 87 improvements. During the last few weeks, crews finished up the culvert replacements between County Road 31 and County Road 33/County Road 115, and now continue working east toward Evergreen on additional centerline pipes. 

The rest of the culvert work can be done with lane closures, so local traffic should be cautious and prepared to stop when traveling in the work zone. 

Shoulder widening operations continue, too. Between hauling dirt in, hauling it out and moving dirt alongside the road, there’s a lot that goes into shaping and forming the new shoulders. Crews are moving at approximately one mile per day.

There’s more to come on the bridge replacement at the Otter Tail River as well. Crews will be pouring the approach panels and railing, and installing guardrail in the coming weeks. 

Information for locals

Local traffic on the west end of the project: If one lives in Frazee, one can still access Highway 87 in front of the school up to North River Drive. 

The barricades are up at CR 29/Birch Avenue to ensure thru-traffic follows the detour. 

The work zone begins after North River Drive. Highway 87 is impassable at the Otter Tail River, between North River Drive and Main Avenue East.   

Local traffic on the east end of the project: If one lives in Menahga, one can access Highway 87 in town. The barricades are up at Highway 71 to ensure thru-traffic follows the detour.