North gap project of Minnesota Highway 23 on schedule for early November completion

Oct. 26—WILLMAR

— Construction of the new, four-lane

Minnesota Highway 23

between

Paynesville

and

Richmond

, 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

, between

New London

and Paynesville, is completed next year, Highway 23 will be four lanes from Willmar to

St. Cloud

.

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.