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Nov. 10, 2021

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Bids opened today for Hwy 23 North Gap project

WILLMAR, Minn. – Bid opening took place today for construction on the north section of the Highway 23 Gaps expansion project. Five competitive bids were received for the section known as the North Gap, and the apparent low bidder was Mathiowetz Construction at $41.75 million, which is below the pre-bid estimate.

The apparent low bid will be thoroughly reviewed and analyzed before a contract is awarded. The award process is a normal procedure for all projects and typically takes six to eight weeks.

The North Gap project includes the expansion of Highway 23 from two lanes to four lanes, from Paynesville to Richmond. Also, several intersections along Highway 23 will be reconfigured to improve sightlines, reduce potential crash points, and enhance safety. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2022 and conclude in 2023. A virtual open house explaining the project is available on the MnDOT North Gap website.

The Hwy 23 Gaps expansion project received funding through the Corridors of Commerce program in May 2018, and also includes the expansion of Highway 23 from two lanes to four lanes, from New London to Paynesville (South Gap), which will be constructed from 2023 to 2024.

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