About this study
- Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) is complete (PDF)
- Geometric layout for EAW is complete
- Findings of Fact and Conclusions (FOFCI) is complete (PDF)
- There is no funding for construction at this time
|Hwy 23||Construction||Wetland mitigation, utility agreements, detour costs||Environmental review, surveys, engineering, contract administration, etc.||Right of Way||Total Project Cost Estimate|
|New London to Paynesville||$37M to $49M||$2 to $2.5M||$7M to $10M||$4M to $6M||$50M to $70M|
|June 2016||MnDOT issues Findings of Fact and Conclusion document|
|May 17, 2016||Public Open House #5|
|November 2015-June 2016||Finalize environmental review and hold public hearing|
|Jan. 28, 2016||Public Open House #4|
|July 28, 2015||Public Open House #3|
|February-June 2015||Finalize preferred alternative|
|April 2015||Public Open House #2|
|January 2015||Public Open House #1|
|October 2014 - January 2015||Prepare and analyze alignment alternatives|
|Late Summer/Fall 2014||Gather data (surveys, field reviews, location studies, etc.)|
|August 2014||Begin environmental review|
MnDOT began the environmental review and layout development for the New London to Paynesville segment in the summer of 2014. Once the environmental review and layout is complete, right-of-way acquisition and detail design could begin as funds become available. Currently, there are no plans for constructing the four-lane because there is no funding available for the construction at this time.
The Hwy 23 Corridor extends across the state of Minnesota from I-90 to I-35 and beyond. It connects many cities including Marshall, Granite Falls, Willmar and St. Cloud. Locally and regionally, Hwy 23 serves as a major connection between the area's residents, employment and service centers as well as a key recreational and tourist access route. Tourist travel along the corridor creates high seasonal and weekend traffic peaks. Under the Interregional Corridor classification system, Hwy 23 is classified as a Medium Priority Interregional Corridor.
Hwy 23 is also an important freight route. MnDOT District 8 recently completed a Manufacturer's Perspective on Transportation Study that interviewed manufacturers and carriers in Southwest and West Central Minnesota to determine their most important transportation issues. Hwy 23 was frequently mentioned as a critical connection to deliver goods to national and international markets.
The segment of Hwy 23 between Willmar and I-94 is a distance of approximately 53 miles. Of those 53 miles, all but 15 miles have been constructed as a four lane roadway. The two gaps in the four lane roadway are between New London and Paynesville, and between Paynesville and Richmond.