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Highway 86 reopens

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa — Highway 86 between Highway 9 and the Minnesota border reopened at 9 a.m. Thursday after seven months of construction. The $7.4 million project includes wider roads and improved visibility for drivers as several hills were lowered. The road was also realigned near the Minnesota state line to eliminate several sharp curves in the old road.

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“We really appreciate everyone’s patience this summer,” said Tony Babcock, resident construction engineer for the Iowa Department of Transportation. “Highway 86 will be much safer now, especially for upcoming winter driving.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned at 2 p.m. today near the state line to celebrate the reopening.

While construction is done for this season, it’s been confirmed that Highway 86 in Minnesota, from the state line to I-90, will undergo resurfacing next.

“We’ve been doing a lot of resurfacing projects,” said Rebecca Arndt, Public Relations Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. “This is all about getting our pavements better and safer for drivers.”

The $2.9 million project will start in the 2014 construction season — an exact date has not been decided. It has also not been confirmed whether there will be detours during the construction.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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