Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 23

New London

map of project locations
Project summary

  • A J-turn will be built at intersection of Hwy 23 & Hwy 9.
  • Click here to watch a video on how the J-turn will change the Hwy 23 and Hwy 9 intersection
  • MnDOT and Kandiyohi County are partnering to build a pedestrian underpass under Hwy 23 to connect the new Co Rd 40 to Hwy 9.
  • Safety improvements (bump-outs & median refuge) along Hwy 9 in New London will be added to improve safety for walkers and bikers to cross Hwy 9.
  • The sidewalk between 1st Ave. SW and 2nd Ave. SW will be replaced to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
  • Portions of the retaining wall along the Mill Pond bridge will be replaced.

Kandiyohi County project

  • Kandiyohi County is also making improvements in New London.
  • Co Rd 40 will be re-aligned to connect with Hwy 9 (grading of road will be done in 2022, paving will take place in 2023).
  • A trail extension on the west side of the pedestrian underpass is also being built.

Safety benefits of a J-turn

  • J-turns are a type of Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI) and are sometimes referred to as a "RCI".
  • J-turns were designed to prevent serious injury and fatal high-speed right angle/"T-bone" crashes.
  • J-turns reduce fatalities by over 70%*

Driving a J-turn

Interchanges and J-turns

*Traffic Safety Evaluation at Reduced Conflict Intersections in MN (Aug. 2021) (PDF)