Hwy 67 to be rerouted from Granite Falls to Echo
WILLMAR, Minn. – MnDOT closed a portion of Highway 67 between Granite Falls and Echo in the spring of 2019. The roadway was determined to be unstable due to movement of the earth underneath. After extensive study it was agreed that it was not feasible to repair in place or realign Highway 67 in this area due to the high cost ($30 million) and significant impacts to the environment, historic and cultural sites.
MnDOT has been working with Yellow Medicine County and directly impacted homeowners and landowners since the road was closed in 2019.
In the summer of 2020, MnDOT went out to the community (virtually) with two options to reroute Highway 67 and there was no clear preference based on the feedback received. Both reroute options were low-cost, had low impacts to the environment and cultural areas and would not significantly increase travel time for travelers between Granite Falls and Echo. Therefore, based on the technical analysis the decision has been made to reroute Highway 67 using County Road 2.
The Yellow Medicine County Board has agreed that MnDOT will take over County Road 2 from Highway 274 to Highway 67. Highway 67 from the Yellow Medicine River to County Road 2 as well as a short section of Highway 274 south of County Road 2 near Wood Lake will be turned back to Yellow Medicine County.
MnDOT will start the process to officially change County Road 2 to State Highway 67 in 2021. The current detour will stay in place through the winter and will switch this spring once road restrictions are removed.
For more information and to sign up for project updates, please visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d8/projects/hwy67granitefallstoecho/index.html.