Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 23 South Gap

New London to Paynesville

About this project

Map of Hwy 23 south gap
Hwy 23 South Gap


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.

Public meetings

  • You're invited to an in-person public meeting on Monday, July 25th from 5-7 pm at Peace Lutheran Church (100 4th Ave. SW) in New London. A project presentation will take place at 5:15 pm.
  • MnDOT is also offering a virtual meeting for those unable to attend the in-person meeting on July 25th.Click here to learn more about the Hwy 23 project.


Date Description
Spring 2023 Start of construction and detour
July 25, 2022 In-person and virtual open house
Summer 2020 Virtual open house
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