Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Sept. 1, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Detour for construction of passing lane north of Raymond begins September 12

WILLMAR, Minn. –   The construction of the passing lane on Highway 23 north of Raymond will begin Monday, September 12. The detour will take motorists on CR 3 and Highway 71 (detour is marked in yellow on map).  The detour on Highway 23 south of Raymond, around Clara City, was removed Friday, August 26.

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 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 http://www.511mn.org/.