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June 27, 2024

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Highway 23 detour Bock to Ogilvie remains in place through mid-July

Recent heavy rains delay project schedule

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Due to recent heavy rains, Highway 23 will remain closed east of Bock to Ogilvie with the detour in place through mid-July, reports the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The $6.5 million project to resurface and improve 12 miles of Highway 23 between Mille Lacs County Road 2 in east Milaca and the Groundhouse River east of Ogilvie, Kanabec County, began in mid-May. Crews are completing work in two segments—first, east of Bock to Ogilvie; then, east of Bock to Milaca.

Here’s the adjusted plan for Highway 23 Milaca to Ogilvie:

East of Bock to Ogilvie

  • Detour through mid-July: Highway 23 will remain closed and detoured between Mille Lacs County Road 24 and north junction Highway 47 in Ogilvie. The detour goes north of Highway 23 via Mille Lacs County Road 24 east of Bock, Kanabec County Road 26 to Highway 47 back to Ogilvie.
  • Local traffic: Expect segments of lane closures, alternate one-way traffic, flaggers and pilot car from sunrise to sunset on good weather days. Follow signs and enter/exit the work zone nearest to your destination to avoid delays.

East of Milaca to Bock

  • Detour mid-July to mid-September: Work on the second segment will begin and Highway 23 will close between Mille Lacs County Road 2 in Milaca and Mille Lacs County Road 24 east of Bock. Motorists will be detoured along Mille Lacs County Road 2, County Road 4 and County Road 1.
  • Lane closures Mid-September to early October: Travelers to encounter alternate one-way traffic with flaggers and pilot car.
  • Local traffic: Highway 23 will remain open to those who live, work or visit those along the work zone; however, expect changes and use of alternate accesses. Hard closures will occur to replace box bridges. Follow signs and enter/exit the nearest to your destination to avoid delays.  

All traffic impacts are tentative and weather dependent.

For more information, to view detour maps, sign up for email updates or contact MnDOT, visit the Highway 23 project web page.

For your safety and ours— please stay out of barricaded areas, be prepared for delay, add time to your commute or seek alternative routes; expect slow moving trucks entering/exiting work areas in the work zone.

When all lanes open in early October, motorists will benefit from a smoother road surface, updated drainage, and improved access and safety along 12 miles of Highway 23.

For current road conditions in central Minnesota, visit 511mn.org.

Hwy 23 current work zone map
Figure 1: Map of Highway 23 detours and work zone between Milaca and Ogilvie.

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