About this project
Expansion of Hwy 23 from Paynesville to Richmond from two lanes to four 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.
Virtual open house
MnDOT is pleased to offer a virtual open house for the Hwy 23 North Gap project.
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.
|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|