Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 6, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Hwy 23 passing lanes project begins June 13 in Clara City

WILLMAR, Minn. –   The construction of passing lanes on Highway 23 in Clara City and south of Raymond begin Monday, June 13 at 7 a.m.  The project will require a two stage detour.

The construction of the northbound passing lane in Clara City and southbound passing lane in Raymond will start first on June 13.  The detour will take motorists on County Road 7 and Highway 7 around Clara City.  The project is expected to take 30 working days.  When finished, crews will remove the detour around Clara City and start on the construction of the northbound passing lane in Raymond.  The Raymond detour will then go into effect.    Complete detour maps are below.

The Highway 23 passing lanes are a Corridors of Commerce project.  The 2013 Minnesota Legislature created the Corridors of Commerce program by authorizing the sale of up to $300 million in new bonds for the construction, reconstruction and improvement of trunk highways.

Project benefits include:

  • Enhanced highway safety by reducing pressure for traffic to make high-risk passes
  • Increases the predictability of travel time for the corridor
  • Encourages commercial traffic to use the corridor instead of seeking a longer and potentially less safe alternative route
  • Provides opportunities to pass slower traffic which better accommodates the varying mix of corridor traffic

The estimated project cost is $10.9 million.  For more information on this project visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d8/projects/hwy23passinglanes/index.html.

MnDOT asks motorists to slow down and pay attention while driving through work zones.  Remember orange cones, no phones.  Motorists who speed through a work zone or who disobey work zone flaggers face a $300 fine.

Plan ahead for your travel using 511.  For updated statewide road conditions and construction information, call 5-1-1 or visit http://www.511mn.org/.

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