Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News releases

April 28, 2023

Latest news releases

Highway 12, Highway 29 near Benson to close for bridge replacement projects starting in May

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – In the upcoming weeks, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin two bridge replacement projects in the Benson area.

Highway 29 bridge replacement, north of Benson

Starting Monday, May 8, weather permitting, Highway 29 will close between County Road 22 and Highway 9, as crews replace the bridge over the Chippewa River, north of Benson. Motorists traveling on Highway 29 will be detoured to County Road 22 and Highway 9.

The work will be isolated to the bridge site, so residents will be able to access Highway 29 in the areas north and south of the bridge. All thru-traffic should follow the signed detour route.

For more information about the project, visit the project website at mndot.gov/d4/projects/hwy29chippewa.

Highway 12 bridge replacements, west of Benson

On Monday, May 15, weather permitting, Highway 12 will close between Highway 9 in Benson and Highway 59. MnDOT will replace and/or repair three bridges on Highway 12 between Benson and Highway 59. During that project, Highway 12 will close and traffic will be detoured to Highway 59 and County Road 20.

The work for the Highway 12 project will also be isolated to the bridge sites, located east and west of Danvers, and west of Benson. There will be a time where Highway 12 will be impassable at both bridges located east and west of Danvers. During that work, those traveling to/from Danvers should use County Road 15 to access Highway 12.

Visit the project website at mndot.gov/d4/projects/hwy12bridges to learn more.

R.R. Schroeder Construction, Inc., based in Glenwood, Minn., is the prime contractor for the $2.7 million project on Highway 29 and $3.1 million project on Highway 12. Depending on direction of travel, motorists may encounter both Highway 29 and Highway 12 detours on their route. Both projects are expected to be completed in September.