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April 14, 2021

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Hwy 12 detour begins April 19 for Willmar Wye project

WILLMAR, Minn. — U.S. Highway 12 in Willmar will be detoured for approximately one week, beginning Monday, April 19, weather permitting. The Willmar Rail Connector & Industrial Access project, also known as the Willmar Wye, will be constructing tie-ins to connect the existing Highway 12 segments to the realigned Highway 12 segments. When work is completed and the detour removed, all future traffic on Highway 12 will be on the realigned roadway.

During the detour, traffic will be routed on Kandiyohi County Road 7, Highway 40, County Road 55, a portion of the realigned Highway 12, County Road 5, Willmar Avenue, and Industrial Drive (see map below).

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 U.S. Highway 12 and the reconstruction of Highway 40, including two new bridges, and the construction of two single-lane roundabouts.

Find weekly updates and more information about the project at mndot.gov/d8/projects/willmarwye.