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March 20, 2023

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MnDOT to host April 3 open house in Sacred Heart for Hwy 212 resurfacing and reconstruction project

WILLMAR, Minn. – The public is invited to attend an in-person construction open house on Monday, April 3, to learn about the Highway 212 resurfacing and Sacred Heart reconstruction project. The open house will be held at Sacred Heart Community Center, 309 1st Ave., Sacred Heart, and run from 4 to 6 p.m. There are no formal presentations and people are invited to stop by at their convenience during open house hours. MnDOT staff and the contractor will be available to answer questions about the construction phase of the project, including the timeline and detours.

For those unable to attend the in-person open house, a virtual open house is available on the MnDOT Highway 212 website.

About this project

Highway 212 will be resurfaced with concrete from just east of Highway 23 to County Road 6 in Renville. Highway 212 will be reconstructed through Sacred Heart; sidewalks, pedestrian ramps and adjacent driveways will be upgraded to meet current American with Disabilities Act standards. Two storm water ponds are planned as part of storm sewer upgrades. Also, a westbound passing lane will be constructed between Granite Falls and Sacred Heart as part of the project.

Traffic impacts

A detour is required to complete the project (see attached map). The detour of Highway 212 is scheduled to be in place from May 1 through October 31. Access will be open to those who live, work, or visit homes and businesses along Highway 212 in the construction work zone.

Project benefits and cost

Benefits of the project include a smoother road surface, improved drainage, compliance with ADA standards, and enhanced safety. Shafer Contracting Co., Inc., is the contractor, and the project cost is $25.5 million.

Alternate language/materials

MnDOT invites and encourages participation by all. If you need an ASL, foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, or need documents in an alternative format (such as braille or large print), please email your request to Janet Miller at ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us or call 651-366-4720.

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