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April 18, 2022

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Open house for Hwy 68 Minneota to Marshall project is April 26

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WILLMAR, Minn. – The public is invited to an in-person construction open house on Tuesday, April 26 to learn about the upcoming Highway 68 shoulder widening and culvert replacement project. The open house will be held at Minneota City Hall, 129 East First Street, and run from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. There will not be a formal presentation and people are invited to stop by anytime during open house hours.
MnDOT staff and the contractor will be available to answer questions about the construction phase of the Hwy 68 project, including the timeline and detours.

Project summary
The project includes improvements to approximately 11 miles of Hwy 68 from North Grant Street in Minneota to the Redwood River in Marshall, including shoulder widening and culvert replacements. Drainage repairs near Porter are also included in the project.

Traffic impacts
Hwy 68 will be detoured from Minneota to Marshall during construction. The detour follows Hwy 19 to County Road 5 for Ghent access, and County Road 3 for Minneota access and return to Hwy 68. During culvert replacements north of Porter, Hwy 68 will be detoured to County Road 20 and Hwy 75. During culvert replacements south of Porter, Hwy 68 will be detoured to County Roads 7 and 19. A detour and work zone map is attached.

Project benefits and cost
Hwy 68 is currently 32 feet wide, with 4-foot paved shoulders and 12-foot driving lanes. After construction is complete, Hwy 68 will have wider shoulders between Minneota and Marshall by adding four feet of gravel on each side of the roadway. Project benefits include enhanced safety and repaired drainage.

R & G is the contractor for the project, which will cost $9.2 million. Construction is scheduled to begin May 9 and end September 30. Dates could change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances.

Alternate language/materials
MnDOT invites and encourages participation by all. If you need an ASL, foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, or need documents in an alternative format (such as braille or large print), please email your request to Janet Miller at ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us or call 651-366-4720.

Work zone reminders

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone
  • Never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones
  • Stay alert; 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 and expect delays, especially during peak travel times 

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