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May 9, 2024

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Detour starts on Highway 23 Bock to Ogilvie Monday, May 13

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Those who travel on Highway 23 between Bock and Ogilvie should prepare for delays as the road closes and detours May 13 through late June, advises the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Crews will close Highway 23 from Mille Lacs County Road 24 east of Bock to north junction Highway 47 in Ogilvie. Motorists will detour (Figure 1 below) along Mille Lacs County Road 24 east of Bock, Kanabec County Road 26 to Highway 47, back to Ogilvie (adds 14 miles to trip).

Highway 23 will remain open to those who live, work or visit those along the work zone; however, expect changes and use of alternate accesses. Hard closures will occur to replace box bridges. Follow signs and enter/exit the nearest to your destination to avoid delays.  

The work is part of a larger $6.5 million project between Mille Lacs County Road 2 in east Milaca and the Groundhouse River east of Ogilvie, Kanabec County, that will:

  • Resurface 12 miles of asphalt road, includes turn lanes and shoulders
  • Realign 100th Avenue/ County Road 101 east of Milaca and install left turn lanes on Highway 23
  • Install left turn lanes on Highway 23 at 90th Avenue/Mille Lacs County Road 144
  • Replace three drainage structures:
    • Pipe between 78th Avenue and 165th Street, west of Bock
    • Box bridge east of Cable Street/Kanabec County Road 52, east of Bock
    • Box bridge at South Fork Groundhouse River between 50th Avenue and Bear Street, east of Bock

Once the first segment is complete and open, work will begin in early July between Mille Lacs County Road 2 in Milaca and Mille Lacs County Road 24 east of Bock. More details to become available closer to start.

For your safety and ours— please stay out of barricaded areas, be prepared for delay, add time to your commute or seek alternative routes; expect slow moving trucks entering/exiting work areas in the work zone.

For more information, to view detour maps, sign up for email updates or contact MnDOT, visit the Highway 23 project web page: www.mndot.gov/d3/projects/h23milacatoogilvie/.
When all lanes open in late September, motorists will benefit from a smoother road surface, updated drainage, and improved access and safety along 12 miles of Highway 23.

For current road conditions in central Minnesota, visit 511mn.org.

highway 23 current work zone map

Figure 1: Map of Highway 23 detour and work zone between Bock and Ogilvie from May 13 to late June 2024.

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