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 Work Zone

MnDOT reconstructed and expanded 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

Project update

May 10, 2024

Beginning May 3, Hwy 23 westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane in the work zone near Roscoe while crews work to repair and improve drainage. They will be installing pipe at Hwy 23 and Stearns CR 10, as well as increasing the depth of a pond control basin in the area. Work will take 1-2 weeks to complete.

Nov. 2, 2023

  • The detour will be lifted by mid-day today.
  • This project has been completed.


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.