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July 22, 2022

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Detour for Hwy 71 Olivia resurfacing project begins August 1

WILLMAR, Minn. – U.S. Highway 71 will be closed from Viking Drive to U.S. Highway 212 in Olivia beginning Monday, August 1. A detour using Renville County Roads 1 and 4 will be in place for approximately one month (detour map attached). All homes and businesses along the project route will remain accessible during construction.

Work began July 18 on the project, which includes:

  • Resurfacing Hwy 71 from just south of Viking Drive to the Hwy 212 intersection
  • Upgrading existing sidewalk, ramps, and adjacent driveways
  • Adding new sidewalk to create connections with existing sidewalk
  • Replacing portions of concrete curb and gutter and underground storm pipe
  • Regrading ditches and replacing several culverts
  • Adding a southbound bypass lane at Viking Drive

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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