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Work is winding down for the winter on the Hwy. 61 and Hwy. 97 roundabouts in Forest Lake.

The mild autumn allowed the Minnesota Department of Transportation to begin aligning the new northbound Hwy. 61 and to build parts of the north and south roundabouts. Piers were set for the pedestrian bridge, and crews built a temporary access road.

Traffic will be shifted to one side in the spring as work continues. Remaining work on the $10.1 million project will include the reconstruction and paving of Hwy. 97 and southbound Hwy. 61, building a driveway access for Forest Lake Area high school, and building trails and a pedestrian bridge.

Crews expect to complete their work by fall 2016.