Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 23 — Milaca

Mille Lacs County

About this 2021 project study

MnDOT, in partnership with Mille Lacs County and the City of Milaca, is conducting a 2021 corridor study to identify improvement needs along Hwy 23 between the Rum River Bridge to Co. Rd. 2 (105th Ave.) in Milaca.

Thank you

Wow! A big 'shout out' of gratitude to the Community of Milaca who took the Hwy 23 survey open through March 2021. We had over 1,200 surveys submitted! Your insight will help us shape the vision of this future project.

Hwy 23 Milaca project location map
Hwy 23 Milaca project map. Click image for PDF

Public outreach

The study will seek ways to improve the traffic flow, safety and multi-modal use to meet the growing needs of the Milaca community.

Public feedback is a vital part of the Hwy 23 study. Opportunities include:

  • Spring 2021: Project study introductions presentation and on-line survey in March
  • Summer 2021: Results and alternative solutions presentation and on-line survey

Overall feedback and information gathered in the 2021 study, will be used to plan future short and long-term improvements along Hwy 23.


March 2021 - Hwy 23 Milaca presentation by MnDOT Project Manager Zach Whitley and staff

About this future project

MnDOT will improve Hwy 23 from the Rum River Bridge at 5th St. SW to Mille Lacs Co. Rd. 2 (105th Ave.) in Milaca.  In 2025-2026, the project will:

  • Reconstruct the road from east of the Rum River Bridge to 5th Ave. SE
  • Resurface the road from 5th Ave. SE to Mille Lacs Co. Rd. 2 (105th Ave.)
  • Upgrade the intersection and signal system at Hwy 23 and Central Ave. S (Mille Lacs Co. Rd. 36)
  • Update sidewalks and approaches between Central Ave. S (Mille Lacs Co. Rd. 36) and 3rd Ave. SE
  • Add new pedestrian connections--sidewalk or trail
  • Identify and use safety and access recommendations from the 2021 study

Future impacts

Motorists: Road or lane closures, detour
Pedestrians: Sidewalk closures, detour