Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Oct. 16, 2018

MnDOT District 8 announces Hwy 23 gaps construction schedule

WILLMAR, Minn. – In May of 2018 the Minnesota Legislature passed a bonding bill which included $105 million dollars in funding for the Highway 23 gaps project. 

The two locations of the Highway 23 gaps are on Highway 23 from New London to Paynesville (south gap) and Paynesville to Richmond (north gap).  The project will improve roadway capacity, travel times and interstate access to west central and southwest Minnesota residents and businesses.

Based on when MnDOT can access funding for the project, a start date of 2022 has been set to begin construction.  The gaps will be constructed sequentially, with the north gap starting first with construction in 2022 and 2023.  The south gap will be constructed in 2024 and 2025.

MnDOT District 8 (southwest and west central Minnesota) will be the lead on both projects.  The next steps for the project are obtaining permits, coordinating utilities, acquiring land and preparing construction plans. 

In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature created the Corridors of Commerce program to provide additional highway capacity on segments where there are currently bottlenecks in the system and to improve the movement of freight and reduce barriers to commerce.  For more information on the Corridors of Commerce program please visit www.dot.state.mn.us/corridorsofcommerce/.

Information on the Highway 23 project can be found at www.dot.state.mn.us/d8/projects/hwy23gaps.

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