Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 23 South Gap

New London to Paynesville

About this project

  • Expansion of Hwy 23 from New London to Paynesville from two-lanes to four-lanes


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 $105 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