Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 23 North Gap

Paynesville to Richmond

About this project

Map of 4 expansion of Hwy 23
Hwy 23 North Gap Work Zone

MnDOT will reconstruct and expand nine miles of Hwy 23 from two to four lanes between Stearns CR 33 in Paynesville and Hwy 22/Grant Ave SW in Richmond.

Summary of Work

  • Reconstruct and expand to four lanes (two lanes in each direction)
  • Replace pipe under CR 43
  • Realign and improve access to/from the following Hwy 23 intersections
    • 263rd Ave
    • CR 12
    • CR 43
    • CR 114
  • Realign the highway curvature near Roscoe to improve sight distances
  • Reconstruct one mile of Glacial Lakes State Trail near Richmond

Traffic impacts

Two detours are required this year, the final year of the 2-year project. Access will be open to those who live, work or visit homes and businesses along Hwy 23; however, expect changes and use of alternate entrances. Hwy 23 will be a busy work zone. Watch for construction signs, lane closures, gravel surfaces, flaggers with use of pilot car, road crews and heavy equipment. Detours are as follow.

Map of Hwy 23 North Gap detour
Hwy 23 North Gap main detour

Project update

Sept. 29, 2023

  • Crews are working to complete the final section of roadway.
  • The project remains on schedule for a Nov. 2, 2023, completion.
  • Travelers are asked to stay on the main detour for the duration of construction.


Hwy 23 is an important interregional corridor that is a key artery for the economy in the region. It provides the primary east-west route connecting Willmar to Interstate 94 and beyond. The segment of Hwy 23 between Willmar and Interstate 94 is about 53 miles. All but 16 miles are a four-lane roadway.