Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

April 26, 2016

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Open house for Hwy 23 New London to Paynesville gap set for May 17

WILLMAR, Minn. — Area residents and business owners are invited to attend an open house Tuesday, May 17, to view the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) and current project layouts for the proposed Highway 23 2-lane to 4-lane expansion from New London to Paynesville.

The open house will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Roseville Township Hall (15768 232nd Avenue) in Hawick, MN.  There will be no formal presentation, but participants will be able to meet with Minnesota Department of Transportation staff and make comments.

Highway 23 is an important interregional corridor that is a key artery for the regional economy.  The project involves the expansion of Highway 23 from 2-lane to 4-lane from New London to Paynesville.  The project length is approximately 7.4 miles and will provide additional capacity, improve the movement of freight and increase road safety.

The EAW, which assess the potential environmental impacts of the project, examines the purpose and need for the proposed improvements to Highway 23, along with the anticipated social, economic and environmental effects if the project is constructed.  The EAW will be available to view electronically at http://www.mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy23gapsnewlondonpaynesville/ and during business hours at the following locations:

MnDOT District 8
2505 Transportation Road
Willmar, MN 56201

Willmar Public Library
410 Fifth St. SW
Willmar, MN 56201

The 30-day public comment period for the EAW begins on May 2, 2016.  Individuals are encouraged to submit written comments prior to 4:00 p.m. on June 1, 2016.  Please submit comments to:

Ryan Barney
MnDOT Project Manager
2505 Transportation Road
Willmar, MN 56021

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota), 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You also may send an email to ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us. Please request at least one week in advance, if possible.

For more information on this, and all, projects please visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d8/projects.html.