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May 21, 2024

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Highway 23 Pipestone to Russell project and Florence detour begin June 3

WILLMAR, Minn. – The Highway 23 Pipestone to Russell bridge and resurfacing project gets underway June 3, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT will resurface 30 miles of Highway 23 with asphalt, from Pipestone to Russell. A culvert will be replaced near Florence, and culverts will be lined along the project corridor. In addition, the bridge deck east of the Highway 23 and Highway 75 intersection in Pipestone will be replaced.

Detours and traffic impacts
Portions of Highway 23 will be open to traffic from Pipestone to Russell during resurfacing. A flagging operation will direct traffic through the work zone. Travelers are encouraged to allow extra travel time and use caution.
Two detours are required to complete the bridge projects (see attached maps).

  • Starting June 3, a detour for the Florence culvert replacement will be in place about two months. Traffic will be routed on Highways 91 and 14.
  • Starting Aug. 21, a detour for the Pipestone bridge deck replacement will be in place until the project concludes Nov. 1. Traffic will be routed on Highway 75 and Pipestone County Road 8.

Construction dates are subject to change depending on weather and other unforeseeable circumstances.

Project benefits and cost
Benefits of the project include a smoother road surface, and improved drainage. Central Specialties is the contractor, and the project cost is approximately $11.2 million.

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