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May 5, 2021

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Hwy 40 culvert replacement project update

Detour changes begin May 10

WILLMAR, Minn. — The Highway 40 culvert replacement project in Kandiyohi and Chippewa counties is moving into Stage 2 of the work plan on Monday, May 10. The project includes the replacement of two metal culverts and an old timber bridge with concrete box culverts to improve drainage and preserve the roadway.

During Stage 1, a culvert west of Kandiyohi County Road 7 and an old timber bridge west of Chippewa County Road 3 were replaced. The roadways at each location will be paved May 10-11 and the Stage 1 detour (see map below) removed the evening of Tuesday, May 11.

During Stage 2, the culvert east of Hwy 29 will be replaced. The Stage 2 detour begins May 10 and both detours will be in effect May 10-11. Hwy 40 landowners and businesses within the detour route will be able to access their properties; however, through traffic is required to follow both detours. Weather permitting, only the Stage 2 detour will remain in effect May 12 until the project completion date. The Stage 2 detour follows Hwy 29, Chippewa County Road 13, Chippewa County Road 6.

The project is estimated to cost $1.3 million and is now scheduled for completion May 21, one month earlier than anticipated. The contractor is Riley Brothers Construction of Morris, Minn.

For more information, and to sign up for project updates, please visit mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy40.

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Watch for orange cones

Travelers may encounter lane closures or lane shifts, uneven road surfaces, heavy equipment and other unexpected obstacles when driving near or through work zones. MnDOT asks drivers to: 

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate with care and caution
  • Stay alert; watch for workers and slow-moving equipment
  • Obey posted speed limits; fine for a work zone violation is $300
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel
  • Be patient and expect delays, especially during peak travel times