Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Oct. 13, 2017

Open house for Hwy 23 Paynesville to Richmond project set for November 1

WILLMAR, Minn. — Area residents and business owners are invited to attend an open house Wednesday, November 1, to view the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) and current project layouts for the proposed Hwy 23 2-lane to 4-lane expansion from Paynesville to Richmond.

The open house will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the St. Peter and Paul School Gymnasium (111 Central Avenue North) in Richmond, MN. There will be no formal presentation, but participants will be able to meet with Minnesota Department of Transportation staff and make comments.

Hwy 23 is an important interregional corridor that is a key artery for the regional economy. The project involves the expansion of Hwy 23 from 2-lane to 4-lane from Paynesville to Richmond.  he project length is approximately 7 miles and will provide additional capacity, improve the movement of freight and increase road safety.

The EAW, which assess the potential environmental impacts of the project, examines the purpose and need for the proposed improvements to Highway 23, along with the anticipated social, economic and environmental effects if the project is constructed. The EAW will be available to view electronically at www.mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy23gappaynesvillerichmond and during business hours at the following locations:

MnDOT District 8
2505 Transportation Road
Willmar, MN 56201

Willmar Public Library
410 Fifth St. SW
Willmar, MN 56201

The 30-day public comment period for the EAW begins on Oct. 16, 2017.  Individuals are encouraged to submit written comments prior to 4:00 p.m. on November 15, 2017. Please submit comments to:

Lance Kalthoff
MnDOT Project Manager
2505 Transportation Road
Willmar, MN 56021
lance. kalthoff@state.mn.us

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota), 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You also may send an email to ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us. Please request at least one week in advance, if possible.

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