Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 12, 2016

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Open house for Hwy 23 expansion set for May 19

WILLMAR, Minn. — Area residents, business owners and others are invited to attend an open house on Thursday, May 19 to learn about the expansion of Highway 23 from Paynesville to Richmond.  This is the third open house for the Hwy 23 expansion project.  The previous open house was held on Dec. 15, 2015.

The open house will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the St. Peter and Paul Gymnasium (110 Central Avenue North) in Richmond.

The focus of this open house will be to view changes made to the layout as a result of comments made at the second open house and to gather additional feedback from community members.  There will be no formal presentation.

Individuals not able to make the open house are encouraged to visit the web site to view the draft design layout.

Visit www.mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy23gappaynesvillerichmond/ to learn more.

The project is part of the Corridors of Commerce program, which the Legislature created in 2013.  The program is intended to foster economic growth in the state by providing additional highway capacity where there are bottlenecks in the system, improving the movement of freights and reducing barriers to commerce.

Currently, all but 15 miles of the 53-mile stretch of Highway 23 between Willmar and Interstate 94 have been constructed as a four-lane roadway.  One of the gaps is from Paynesville to Richmond. 

MnDOT has received Corridors of Commerce funding to help prepare environmental work for future expansion and begin purchasing right of way.  No funding for construction is available at this time.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, call 651-366-4720.  To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718 or email adarequest.dot@state.mn.us.

For updated statewide road conditions and construction information, call 5-1-1 or visit www.511mn.org.