Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

August 7, 2018

Hwy 23 project from Willmar to New London starts August 13

WILLMAR, Minn. – The Highway 23 project from Willmar to New London is scheduled to begin Monday, August 13, 2018. Americans with Disabilities (ADA) improvements will be made in downtown Spicer from Manitoba Street to Lake Avenue. During this time sidewalks will be closed and rerouted. ADA improvements (APS push buttons) will also be made to the two traffic signals in Spicer.

The project includes the resurfacing of Highway 23 from just north of the junction of US 71 (“the split”) to Kandiyohi CR 31 near New London, where the four-lane switches back to two-lane. The total project area is nearly 12 miles in length. 

Resurfacing work on Highways 23 and 71 begins September 4, 2018. The project will not require a detour but will be completed under traffic utilizing alternating lane closures. Motorists should anticipate short delays.

Benefits of the project include a smoother road surface, increased safety and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project is estimated to cost $2.2 million and to be complete by the end of September. Duininck Inc. is the contractor on the project.

For more information on the project visit the project webpage at www.mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy23willmarnewlondon.

In addition to the MnDOT project, the City of Spicer is installing a flashing beacon at Highway 23 and Manitoba Street. For questions on the flashing beacon project, please contact the city of Spicer.

MnDOT asks motorists to slow down and pay attention while driving through work zones. Remember, orange cones, no phones. Motorists who speed through a work zone or who disobey work zone flaggers face a $300 fine.

Plan ahead for your travel using 511. For updated statewide road conditions and construction information, call 5-1-14 or visit www.511mn.org.