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 Full Work Zone

Traffic impacts

  • Work in 2024 will be under traffic, with no planned detours.
  • Please use caution through the work zone (see map).

Project updates

May 24, 2024

  • Crews are shaping the roadway, placing topsoil in the ditches and preparing the roadway for paving.
  • Paving is tentatively scheduled for early June.
  • Crews are prepping to make the CR 31/199th St. connection within the next few weeks. Traffic will be routed to 15th St. NE for access to/from Hwy 23.
  • Work schedules are weather dependent.


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.