Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 10—Wadena

Otter Tail and Wadena counties

Reconstruct, improve

Work is underway on Hwy 10 in Wadena between Second St. W and Wadena Co. Rd. 4. Crews will reconstruct this segment through mid-August 2020.

Detour begins August 24

Project map - click on map for pdf
Hwy 10 open; Hwy 71 detour, follow signs. Click on map for PDF

Current impacts

Hwy 10 open

Reconstruct westbound lanes. Both directions on new eastbound side.

  • June 15–August 24: Expect lane shifts, narrow lanes (11 ft.), access changes.
  • Be alert and patient. Expect traffic stops, especially when a train goes through Wadena
  • Map

Hwy 71 access closed

Reconstruct the intersection and RR crossing to/from Hwy 10. Access closed, follow detour signs:

  • Hwy 71 south of Hwy 10 use Hwy 29 and Second St SW.
  • Hwy 71 north of Hwy 10 use Juniper Ave and Second St NW.

Co. Rd. 4 access closed

Reconstruct the intersection at westbound Hwy 10. Access closed, use Harry Rich Dr. to Co. Rd. 4/Sunny Brook Rd. Map

Wadena is open

Access to businesses and residences to be maintained and open, however expect changes and gravel surfaces. May include temporary entrances, side roads or back entrances. Watch for heavy equipment entering and exiting work areas.

Project map - click on map for pdf
Crews pave the new Hwy 10 eastbound lanes in late May 2020. Photo by MnDOT. Click image for bigger image.

About this project

Summary of work

Project map - click on map for pdf
Mainline construction in 2020. Click on map for PDF version

Reconstruct in Wadena in 2020

  • Widen and reconstruct Hwy 10 in Wadena from east of Birch Ave. NW to east of Wadena Co. Rd. 4, includes the Hwy 10 intersection at Hwy 71
  • Improve access and traffic flow, includes a concrete median and widened shoulders
  • Upgrade pedestrian sidewalks and approaches
  • Upgrade city storm sewers and install new LED street lighting
  • Replace the signal systems at Second St. W and Hwy 71
  • Upgrade the railroad crossings on Hwy 71 and Second St. W

Work complete


  • Reconstructed eastbound Hwy 10 between Co. Rd. 4 and 2nd St. W


  • Resurfaced the two-lane segments of Hwy 10 from Bluffton to Birch Ave. and Co. Rd. 4 to Oink Joint Rd.
  • Installed left-turn lanes at the Hwy 10/Otter Tail Co. Rd. 75 intersection, west of Wadena
  • Reconstructed the road from Co. Rd. 4/Sunny Brook Rd. and Harry Rich Dr. in east Wadena, includes underground drainage structures at Union Creek

Information is subject to change.