Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 23 North Gap

Paynesville to Richmond

About this project

Map of 4 expansion of Hwy 23
Hwy 23 North Gap

MnDOT will reconstruct and expand nine miles of Hwy 23 from two to four lanes between Stearns CR 33 in Paynesville and Hwy 22/Grant Ave SW in Richmond.

Summary of Work

  • Reconstruct and expand to four lanes (two lanes in each direction)
  • Replace pipe under CR 43
  • Realign and improve access to/from the following Hwy 23 intersections
    • 263rd Ave
    • CR 12
    • CR 43
    • CR 114
  • Realign the highway curvature near Roscoe to improve sight distances
  • Reconstruct one mile of Glacial Lakes State Trail near Richmond

Traffic impacts

Three detours will be required to complete this project. Access will be open to those who live, work or visit homes and businesses along Hwy 23; however, expect changes and use of alternate entrances. Hwy 23 will be a busy work zone. Watch for construction signs, lane closures, gravel surfaces, flaggers with use of pilot car, road crews and heavy equipment. Detours are as follow.

  • Hwy 23 North Gap main detour from Paynesville to Richmond (2022-2023). Detour in place from mid-May through November 2022, and from May through November 2023. Hwy 23 is closed from CR 33 in Paynesville to CR 12/(Maine St/CR 43) in Richmond. Detour uses CR 33 Paynesville, CR 32, and CR 12/(Maine St) Richmond.
  • CR 43 Richmond detour (June 6 through August 2022). Closed between Hwy 23 and Fellows Rd to replace a culvert. Detour uses Hwy 22.
  • CR 12 detour (Maine St) near Richmond (2 weeks in 2023, date to be determined).
Map of Hwy 23 North Gap detour
Hwy 23 North Gap main detour

Project Update

August 10, 2022

  • Hwy 23 is closed between Paynesville (CR 33) and Richmond (CR 12).
  • CR 43 is closed from Hwy 23 to Fellows Rd.
  • Work is taking place throughout the length of the project.
  • Crews are grading, installing sheet piling and completing pipework.
  • The new westbound lane from CR 12 to the eastern limits of the project has been paved.
  • Hwy 23 traffic will move from the old roadway to the new westbound lane Thursday, August 11, which will be set up as single lane two-way traffic.
  • The new connection to CR 12 will be graded and paved to meet the correct elevation and traffic will be using this new connection after August 11.
  • After traffic is switched between CR 12 and the eastern limits, crews will begin removing the old asphalt from old Hwy 23 and grading will start for building the eastbound lanes.
  • The box culvert at CR 43 has been installed and finish work is taking place; the detour is scheduled to come off at the end of August and a temporary connection will be made to Hwy 23.
  • The highway curvature near Roscoe is being realigned.
  • Accesses to CR 114 and 263rd Ave are being realigned.
  • Crews continue to build and shape the new hwy 23 westbound and eastbound lanes.


Hwy 23 is an important interregional corridor that is a key artery for the economy in the region. It provides the primary east-west route connecting Willmar to Interstate 94 and beyond. The segment of Hwy 23 between Willmar and Interstate 94 is about 53 miles. All but 16 miles are a four-lane roadway.


All current layouts can be found under the heading of current layouts, located on this page. The County Road 114/246th Avenue layout has been added as of Feb. 4, 2021. This change has been made to reduce the number of potential crash points at intersections that intersect with Hwy 23, to remove a horizontal curve on the county road realignment and reduce the length of county road realignment needed.

Project timeline

Date Description
Spring 2022 Start of construction
May 31 - June 11, 2021 Virtual open house
October 2019 Public Open House #6
May 2018 Received $94.5 million in Corridors of Commerce funding for construction of North and South Gap projects
Dec 2017 MnDOT issues Findings of Fact and Conclusion document
Nov 2017 Public Open House #5
Jan - Dec 2017 Finalize environmental review and hold public hearing
Jan 2017 Public Open House #4
May 2016 Public Open House #3
Feb - May 2016 Finalized preferred alternative
Dec 2015 Public Open House #2
Sept 2015 Public Open House #1
Sept - Dec 2015 Prepare and analyze alignment alternatives
Summer 2015 Gather data (surveys, field reviews, location studies, etc.)
June 2015 Begin environmental review