Hwy 23 North Gap detour lifts today; project complete

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— The main detour for the

Highway 23 North Gap project

will be lifted by mid-day, according to the

Minnesota Department of Transportation

. When the detour is removed, four-lane traffic on

Minnesota Highway 23

will open from Paynesville to Richmond.

The two-year North Gap project to expand nine miles of Highway 23 to four lanes, from




, has now been completed. In addition to lane expansion, several intersections along Highway 23 have been reconfigured to improve sightlines, reduce potential crash points, and enhance safety.

Highway 23 expansion projects

The North Gap project completes the first section of the three-year Highway 23 Gaps expansion project which received funding through the

Corridors of Commerce

program in May 2018.

The remaining section, known as the

Highway 23 South Gap

, expands Highway 23 to four lanes from

New London

to Paynesville, and the project is wrapping up its first year of construction. A new four-lane portion of the South Gap on Highway 23 opened in late October. When the South Gap section is completed in 2024, Highway 23 travelers will be able to experience continuous four-lane travel from Willmar to Foley.

Project benefits and cost

Benefits of the North Gap project include improved traffic flow and freight movement, as well as overall corridor performance, capacity, and safety.

Mathiowetz Construction was the contractor for the North Gap project, which cost $41.75 million.