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News Release

April 19, 2010



Minnesota Department of Transportation
Willmar District 8
2505 Transportation Road
Willmar, MN 56201

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Groundbreaking ceremony for Highway 23 Paynesville Bypass project scheduled for April 24



WILLMAR, Minn.- A groundbreaking ceremony for the Highway 23 Paynesville Bypass project will be held Saturday, April 24, 11:30 a.m., to celebrate the start of construction scheduled for Monday, April 26.


The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Veterans Drive west of Highway 23 in Paynesville.  Speakers will include Jeff Thompson, mayor of Paynesville and other dignitaries.


The three-year 7.5 mile four-lane divided bypass project is located north of New London, from east of Kandiyohi County Road 6 to west of 263rd Ave. in Paynesville, includes grading, paving, construction of eight bridges and lighting.

The initial phase of construction will begin with grading and bridge operations south of the Crow River and First Street.  A second grading operation will start north of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. During the 2010 construction season, a total of 4 bridges will be constructed including additional grading operations. The project is expected for completion in August 2012.


Highway 23 traffic will not encounter delays during the first two years of construction. For additional information on the project, log on to http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d8/construct.html.


The project will improve mobility and safety for the traveling public along the Highway 23 interregional corridor and allow Highway 23 to remain an important connection between Willmar and St. Cloud.


KGM Contractors, Inc., of Angora, MN is the prime contractor for the $32.2 million project.  Weekly public meetings will be held Thursdays, at 1 p.m. at Olson Trucking near Stearns County road 130 in Paynesville.


For updated statewide traffic, construction, weather and travel information, visit www.511.mn.org or call 5-1-1- or log on to www.mn.dot.gov.




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