Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 23 South Gap

New London to Paynesville

About this project

Map of 4 lane gaps on Hwy 23
Hwy 23 gaps. View full-size map.


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 a distance of approximately 53 miles. Of these 53 miles, all but 16 miles have been constructed as a four lane roadway.


Date Description
Spring 2023 Start of construction
May 2018 Received $94.5 million in Corridors of Commerce funding for construction of North and South Gap projects
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