Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 10—Wadena

Wadena and Otter Tail counties

Highway 10 though Wadena

Background

Hwy 10 from Moorhead to Hastings is comprised of mostly four-lane expressway with isolated segments of controlled freeway. There is a six-mile gap through Wadena that remains a two-lane highway. The urban segment in Wadena was recently reconstructed in 2020 with a width sufficient for the reconfiguration of the additional through lanes in anticipation of the four-lane expansion of the rural two-lane segments. The rural two‐lane sections east and west of town are in an area of mixed uses, both commercial and agricultural.

In April 2021, District 3 received $5 million of Project Development Bond Funds for the Highway 10 gap project from the bonding package passed in Fall 2020. An additional $30 million of Trunk Highway Bond Funds was appropriated for the project in June 2021 as part of the 2021 Omnibus Transportation Bill.

Considerations

Project development will begin in 2022 and MnDOT will consider:

  • Safe speed transitions and access management along the corridor
  • Anticipate need of federal funding; gap with state bond funds alone
  • 2025 roadwork on Hwy 71 and Hwy 29 in Wadena
  • Contaminated properties
  • BNSF Railway line runs along Hwy 10
  • Environmental commitments
  • Tri-County Hospital development in 2022
  • Public expectations to construct as soon as possible