MnDOT District 4
1000 Hwy 10 West
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Hwy 27 route to change in Douglas County
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Motorists travelling on Hwy 27 through parts of Douglas County will follow a new route using existing roads starting Thursday, Nov. 1.
Hwy 27 will follow Interstate 94 from the interchange on the west side of Alexandria to the Osakis exit. From the Osakis exit to Osakis, Hwy 27 will follow the current route of Hwy 127.
The current Hwy 27 between those points will be transferred to Douglas County.
As a result of the transfer, several road names will change:
- Hwy 127 will become Hwy 27.
- Current Hwy 27 between I-94 and Hwy 29/Broadway St. on the west side of Alexandria will be renamed Douglas County Road 46 but will be addressed as 34th Avenue.
- Current Hwy 27 from Hwy 29/Nokomis St. in Alexandria to Osakis will be renamed and addressed as Douglas County Road 82.
The changes are part of a larger road jurisdictional transfer recommended in the 2011 Alexandria Area 2030 Transportation Study. The study recommends several road transfers involving the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Douglas County, the city of Alexandria and neighboring townships.
As part of the change, MnDOT will provide a $1 million lump sum payment to Douglas County. The payment is intended to help the county off-set some additional costs involved with maintaining the road.
Signs along the route will change in early 2013, but maintenance responsibility will shift immediately. MnDOT and Douglas County will coordinate the sign changes.