Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

April 17, 2018

Start date for U.S. 71 North project pushed back due to weather

WILLMAR, Minn. – The start date for the Highway 71 North project has been pushed back due to recent wet and snowy weather. 

The start date has been moved to Monday, April 30, weather permitting. Utility work and work on the turn lanes will begin on April 30 with the detour going into effect on May 14, 2018. A construction open house for the project was held in Spicer on Thursday, April 12, 2018. 

The project includes the resurfacing Highway 71 from the junction of Highway 23 to just north of Highway 9 (less than ½ mile) in Kandiyohi County. In addition to the robust resurfacing project, MnDOT will be constructing left and right turning lanes, a bypass lane and a pedestrian underpass (as part of a DNR trail extension from New London to Sibley State Park) on the same stretch of road. 

Motorists can expect a smoother road surface as well as enhanced safety and mobility when the project is finished.  The project is estimated to cost $6 million dollars. Hardrives is the contractor on the project.

Information, including a list of left and right turn locations, can be found at mndot.gov/d8/projects/us71north.

For updated statewide road conditions, call 5-1-1 or visit www.511mn.org. Weather data is available with photos. 

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