Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 23—Foley to Milaca

Benton and Mille Lacs counties

About this project

Begins May 2022

MnDOT will improve 13.5 miles of Highway 23 from Foley to Milaca in 2022. Project requires a detour.

Summary of work

Project location map - Foley to Milaca
Hwy 23 work Foley to Milaca in 2022. Select map, PDF

Foley to Milaca 

Includes Ronneby, Oak Park and Foreston. Project work map, PDF

  • Resurface 12.5 miles of road (mill and overlay asphalt) from east of 13th Ave. in Foley to 120th Ave./Rum River bridge in Milaca
  • Realign/widen and add turn lanes to improve access at these Hwy 23 intersections:
    • 135th Ave/Co. Rd. 66 east of Foley
    • Ronneby Rd/Co. Rd. 6 in Ronneby
    • 165th Ave/Co. Rd. 7 to 167-1/2th Ave. in Oak Park
    • 185th Ave./Co. Rd. 9 east of Oak Park
    • 150th to 145th Ave/Co. Rd. 18 in Foreston
    • Co. Rd. 5/125th Ave west of Milaca
  • Add overhead street lighting
  • Replace culverts/pipes beneath road
  • Install mumble/rumble strips, upgrade guardrail


  • Reconstruct one mile of Hwy 23 from Broadway Ave. to east of 13th Ave., includes city curb/gutter and storm sewer
  • Improve access at these Hwy 23 locations:
    • Construct a new roundabout at 8th Ave./Penn St.
    • Realign 9th Ave. east of roundabout
    • Install turn lanes at Lord Ave. and 13th Ave.
  • Install pedestrian multi-use trail (10 feet wide) along the northside of Hwy 23 from Broadway Ave. to east of 13th Ave.
  • Install pedestrian sidewalk along the southside of Hwy 23 from Broadway Ave. to 8th Ave./Penn St.
  • Replace two underground drainage structures near 13th Ave.
  • Add overhead street lighting
    Project location map - Foley to Milaca
    MnDOT will reconstruct Hwy 23 through Foley from Broadway Ave to 13th Ave., includes a new roundabout at 8th Ave./Penn St. Select map image for PDF

Future impacts

Project will be detoured between Foley and Milaca.


Plan ahead, avoid delays

Hwy 23 will close and detour for the full duration of this project. Detour uses Broadway Ave. Foley, east to Benton Co. Rd. 4, Mille Lacs Co. Rd. 12 and north on Hwy 169 Milaca. Project detour map, PDF

  • Note: Motorists will encounter a j-turn access at Co. Rd. 12 and Hwy 169

A truck route will be signed for commercial and larger recreational vehicles via Hwy 25 Foley, Hwy 95 Princeton to Hwy 169 Milaca. Truck route map, PDF

Local impacts

Open to those who live, work or visit

Access will be maintained and open along Hwy 23, however expect changes to access and gravel surfaces. Use area alternate routes and exit/enter closest to your destination to reduce delays.

  • Foley: Detour(s) to reconstruct road, underground utilities or pedestrian sidewalks; lane closures, flaggers
  • Foley to Milaca: Detour(s) to replace culverts/pipes beneath road; lane closures, flaggers with pilot car to resurface the road

More information to become available once closer to construction.