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Aug. 19, 2021

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Concrete repair project on Hwy 59 to be scaled back

Map of Hwy 59 concrete repair project area and detours

WILLMAR, Minn. – The Highway 59 concrete repair project in Lyon and Murray counties is being scaled back as crews encountered more repairs than were originally estimated. The roadway had deteriorated from the bottom up in many places and the full extent of repair work wasn’t known until crews began removing the old concrete pavement.

MnDOT looked for additional funding options, but not enough funding was available to repair the entire stretch of roadway as originally planned. As much of the roadway will be repaired as possible using the funding set aside for the current project, and a future project will be introduced to allocate the funding required to repair the remaining segments.

The original project included removing and replacing deteriorated concrete along Hwy 59 from Hwy 14 to Hwy 30, and from Hwy 23 to Lyon County Road 6. The project has now been updated as follows.

Road sections to be fully or partially completed

  • Hwy 59 from Hwy 14 to Lyon County Road 14 through Garvin
  • Hwy 59 from Lyon County Road 14 to 241st Street
  • Hwy 59 from Hwy 30 to 201st Street

Road sections to be postponed

  • Hwy 59 from Hwy 23 in Marshall to Lyon County Road 6
  • Hwy 59 from 241st Street to 201st Street

Current traffic impacts

Hwy 59 remains closed from Hwy 14 to just north of Hwy 30 and a detour remains in place while crews continue to complete repairs. The detour route uses Murray County Road 12, 29, Lyon County Road 5, and Hwy 14; see map below.

Homes and businesses along Hwy 59 will remain accessible during the project. People can access Lake Shetek using Murray County Road 48 from County Road 29 on the detour route. 

Work is expected to wrap up in October.

Sign up for project email and text updates at mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy59marshall.

Work zone travel

MnDOT advises travelers to always slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution. Other reminders: 

  • Never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change
  • Watch for workers and slow-moving equipment
  • Obey posted speed limits; fine for a work zone violation is $300
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times 

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