— Construction of the new, four-lane
Minnesota Highway 23
, known as the North Gap, is on schedule to be completed this fall.
According to a
Minnesota Department of Transportation
District 8 project update, crews are completing work on the final section of the highway, including pouring the concrete barrier between the north and southbound lanes. Striping, permanent markings and signs also need to be installed.
If all goes according to plan, with no unforeseen circumstances or bad weather, the North Gap will be completed by Nov. 2.
Until work is completed, MnDOT asks all drivers to continue to use the marked detour.
Construction began on the
North Gap project in 2022
and when completed will see nine miles of two-lane highway transformed into four lanes. Once the
South Gap project
and Paynesville, is completed next year, Highway 23 will be four lanes from Willmar to
Mathiowetz Construction is the contractor for both projects, which will cost more than $76 million. The projects received funding from the Corridors of Commerce program, through the state.