Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Aug. 26, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Detour south of Raymond on Hwy 23 to be removed today

WILLMAR, Minn. — The detour currently in effect on Highway 23 south of Raymond, around Clara City, will be removed and traffic will flow freely by the end of the day today, Friday, August 26.  The detour went into effect June 13 construct the northbound passing lane in Clara City and the southbound passing lane in Raymond.  This project requires a two stage detour (map below).

Hwy 23 detour map

The second stage of the detour will not go into effect until after the Labor Day holiday.  Contractors will finish the construction of passing lanes south of Granite Falls before implementing the second stage of the detour (yellow detour above).

The southern portion of the passing lanes project wrapped up Tuesday, August 23.  All detours have been removed and traffic is moving freely south of Marshall.

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 www.mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy23passinglanes/.

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 www.511mn.org/.