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Dec. 30, 2020

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Hwy 40 detour change for Willmar Wye project

WILLMAR, Minn. – The Willmar Wye Hwy 40 detour has changed. County Road 55 is open to traffic, allowing for a shorter detour. The new detour route uses Kandiyohi County Road 55, a portion of the realigned Highway 12, and Kandiyohi County Road 5.

The Willmar Rail Connector & Industrial Access project, also known as the Willmar Wye, is shut down for the winter; however, the area is still considered a construction zone. There are roads that will remain closed and not be maintained, as well as unfinished areas and equipment parked throughout the site, so drivers are asked to use caution when traveling through the area.

The Willmar Wye is a public-private partnership between the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Kandiyohi County, City of Willmar, Kandiyohi/Willmar Economic Development Commission, and BNSF Railway, to build a new rail line on the west side of Willmar. The additional rail line will provide a direct connection between the Marshall and Morris Subdivisions of the BNSF freight rail network as well as freight rail access to the City of Willmar’s industrial park.

The project includes the realignment of Highway 12 and the reconstruction of Highway 40, including two new bridges, and the construction of two single-lane roundabouts.

For more information on the project visit the project webpage at mndot.gov/d8/projects/willmarwye.