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June 1, 2021

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Community encouraged to attend Hwy 23 Paynesville to Richmond virtual open house

WILLMAR, Minn. — MnDOT is encouraging community members to attend a virtual open house for the Highway 23 North Gap project between Paynesville and Richmond. The virtual open house is open to the public and provides information on the Highway 23 expansion project.

Highway 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 Highway 23 between Willmar and Interstate 94 is a distance of approximately 53 miles.  Of these 53 miles, all but 16 have been constructed as a four-lane roadway.

The Highway 23 North Gap project is a two-lane to four-lane expansion of Highway 23 from Paynesville to Richmond.  The project received funding through the Corridors of Commerce program.  Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2022 and will take two years to construct.  Due to the extensive nature of the project a detour will be necessary.

The virtual open house is available at mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy23northgap.   Project details, the roadway layout and information on detours are included in the virtual open house.  Community members are invited to attend as it is convenient for them.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) invites and encourages participation by all. We believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to enjoy the programs, services, and activities we provide.  To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 1-800-657-3774 or send an email to janet.miller@state.mn.us.  Please send request at least one week in advance.

For more information and to sign up for project updates, please visit mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy23northgap.