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July 19, 2022

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Community encouraged to attend Highway 23 South Gap in-person public meeting

WILLMAR, Minn. – MnDOT is encouraging community members to attend an in-person public meeting for the Highway 23 South Gap project. The public meeting is open to the public and provides information on the Highway 23 South Gap expansion project.  The public meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 25 from 5-7 pm at Peace Lutheran Church (100 4th Ave. SW) in New London.  A short presentation will be held at 5:15 p.m.

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.

Highway 23 South Gap Map

The Highway 23 North Gap project is a two-lane to four-lane expansion of Highway 23 from Paynesville to Richmond.  Construction began this spring and will take two years to construct (2022 and 2023). 

The Highway 23 South Gap project is a two-lane to four-lane expansion of Highway 23 from New London to Paynesville.  Construction begins in the Spring of 2023 and will take two years to construct (2023 and 2024).  Both projects received funding through the Corridors of Commerce program.

A virtual meeting is available at mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy23southgap.   Project details, the roadway layout and information on detours are included in the virtual meeting.  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/hwy23southgap.

Work zone reminders

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone
  • Never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones
  • 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 

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