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January 13, 2015

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Open house for Hwy 23 expansion set for Jan. 27 in Hawick

Project is part of statewide Corridors of Commerce program

WILLMAR, Minn. — Area residents, business owners and others are invited to attend an open house Tuesday, Jan. 27, to learn about plans to expand Highway 23 to four lanes from New London to Paynesville, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said today.
The open house will be held 4 to 6 p.m. at the Roseville Township Hall, 15768 - 232nd Ave NE, in Hawick.

Attendees will be able to learn about the environmental review findings to date, view the alignment alternatives and ask questions directly of MnDOT project staff. There will be no formal presentation.

The project is part of the Corridors of Commerce program, which the Legislature created in 2013. The program is intended to foster economic growth in the state by providing additional highway capacity where there are bottlenecks in the system, improving the movement of freight and reducing barriers to commerce.

Currently, all but 15 miles of the 53-mile stretch of Highway 23 between Willmar and Interstate 94 have been constructed as a four-lane roadway. One of the gaps is from New London to Paynesville. This project will provide the design consistency of a four-lane rural highway and help meet driver expectancy of four lanes throughout the corridor. 

The total estimated cost of the project is $50 million to $70 million. While MnDOT has received Corridors of Commerce funding to help prepare environmental work for future expansion ($1.5 million) and begin purchasing right of way ($800,000), no funding for construction is available at this time.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, call 651-366-4720. To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718 or email adarequest.dot@state.mn.us.

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