Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

MN-23: Willmar to St Cloud

Corridor information

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Corridor background

The corridor runs 53 miles from Willmar to St. Cloud. As an Inter-regional corridor, this highway serves commuting and freight traffic to and from the level 1 trade center of St. Cloud. The northern part of the corridor has seen significant development as the St. Cloud metropolitan area continues to grow. The corridor primarily serves agricultural businesses; however, tourism is prevalent in New London/Spicer as well as in Paynesville and Richmond areas.

Current corridor characteristics


  • 2009 AADT: 6,000 – 15,000
  • 2009 HCADT: 400 – 1,200
  • Key Highway Connections: I-94, MN-55, US-71
  • Number of lanes: 2-4

Public Transit

  • St. Cloud Metro Bus (within St. Cloud metropolitan area only)
  • Kandiyohi Area Transit
  • Tri-Cap Transit Connection


  • Glacial Lakes State Trail (Willmar to Paynesville)

Key Airports

  • St. Cloud


  • BNSF line (Willmar to Twin Cities)

Major Industries

  • Agricultural production, small manufacturing