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Construction, crosswalk work were ill-timed

There is never a good time to close a major roadway for construction. The Highway 71 road construction on the south side of Wadena is no different.

For local citizens, there are plenty of known alternate routes to bypass the construction zone. For travelers not familiar with the area, they follow the posted detour routes.

I am a local citizen but was amazed this morning when, following the detour route, to find the city had taken this opportunity to block off half of the intersections to paint crosswalks. With all the increased traffic through suburbia Wadena, the City of Wadena's Public Works Department sprucing up activities were ill-timed. The project planning for Wadena should be an organized effort not a disorganized, disjointed circus.

Kathleen Andrie