Minnesota Department of Transportation

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US 71

Willmar

Traffic impacts

  • A detour will be required for the concrete rehabilitation work.
  • A detour (4 weeks) will be require to complete a portion of the J-turn project.
  • Roads that connect CR 24 (near the Kandiyohi Health & Human Services building) to the US 71/Hwy 23 split will be closed at various times during the project.
  • Neighborhoods with only one access (north side of Point Lake) will have access at all times.
  • CR 24 and CR 25 will not be closed at the same time.

Virtual open house

Summary of work

    • Construct a J-turn at the intersection of US 71 and Kandiyohi County 90. A sidewalk/pedestrian crossing will also be constructed.
    • Culvert replacement at entrance to 48th Ave.
    • Open median partially at 41st Ave.
      • Currently, this is a right-in/right-out with no median cross-over. Opening the median partially means that northbound traffic will be able to turn left and go westbound on 41st Ave. Vehicles that are eastbound on 41st Ave. will not be able to go northbound on US 71.
    • Concrete rehabilitation (remove and replace deteriorated concrete) and diamond grinding (refinish the surface to provide a smoother and quieter surface) from Point Lake to the US 71/Hwy 23 split (southbound lanes only).
    • Pave U-turn at US 71 & CR 24 (this is currently a gravel U-turn used by emergency vehicles only). Once paved, the J-turn will be open for all to use.
    • Construct sidewalk/pedestrian crossing at CR 24 & 23rd St. NE.
    • Extend left turn lane at 23rd St.
    • Click here to view a project summary (PDF)