Area residents encouraged to attend virtual open house for Hwy 23 and Hwy 9 safety improvement project

September 26, 2020

MnDOT District 8 and its partners are encouraging area residents to attend a virtual open house for the Highway 23 and Highway 9 safety improvement project.

MnDOT finds new ways to reach public during pandemic as Hwy. 23 J-turn project in New London remains on schedule

September 26, 2020

MnDOT is still attempting to educate the public about Highway 23 safety improvements planned in New London even though COVID-19 has put a stop to in-person meetings.

News Release: Virtual open house for Highway 23 South Gap project begins July 13

July 10, 2020

The virtual open house from the MnDOT will provide participants with information about the project to complete a four-lane section on Highway 23 from New London to Paynesville.

News Release: Advance Screening for Pioneer PBS's "LANDMARKS: Highway 23" program

May 07, 2020

On Thursday, Feb. 20, Pioneer PBS held an advance screening for LANDMARKS: Highway 23, hosted by Doug Ohman, a Minnesota history enthusiast and photographer. 

Bids come in over budget for Highway 23 project in southwest Minn.

February 15, 2020

Bids for one of Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8's largest single-season construction projects came in well over original estimates. 

MnDOT looking to improve 23/7 crossing in Clara City

January 18, 2020

Accidents at the intersection of state Highways 23 and 7 in Clara City and a desire to improve mobility on Highway 23 led the city, Chippewa County and the Highway 23 Coalition to ask MnDOT to look at ways to improve the intersection.

Coalition working to remove Highway 23 restrictions

January 16, 2020

 It may take a “generation” in time, but Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes says the Highway 23 corridor may one day become a major route for freight traffic.

News Release: Highway 23 Coalition names Coordinator

December 18, 2019

The Highway 23 Coalition has named Bob Byrnes as the Coalition Coordinator.  As Coordinator, Byrnes will work with the Coalition Board of Directors and its members for the mission, vision and action plans of the Highway 23 Coalition.  

MnDOT is planning to spend $30M at Hwy. 23 and Hwy 10. What you need to know.

November 04, 2019

Minnesota Department of Transportation is hosting an open house on the upcoming interchange and pedestrian improvements on Minnesota Highway 23 ...

MnDot confirms Safety Study at Highway 23 Coalition meeting

October 26, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will move forward with a Safety Study at the intersection of Highway 23 and Highway 7 in Clara City.

Highway 23 Coalition hold membership meeting in Granite Falls

October 23, 2019

The Highway 23 coalition met for the annual membership meeting at Prairie's Edge Casino on Oct. 18.

House Committee Hears from Kandiyohi County

October 12, 2019

House Capital Investment Committee hears from Kandiyohi County and other local organizations on bonding request tour.

Open house gives overview of Kandiyohi County highway changes in wye corridor

October 12, 2019

An open house hosted Wednesday by Kandiyohi County Public Works gave the public a chance to ask questions and learn more about the county's plans for realigning its highway network at the south end of the railroad bypass corridor.

Hwy. 23 J-turn construction complete

August 08, 2019

Traffic on Highway 23 in Marshall went back to normal this week, after construction of a reduced-conflict intersection wrapped up on Tuesday.

News Release: Highway 23 Coalition Takes on Washington D.C.

July 15, 2019

On June 18, 2019, 16 members of the Highway 23 Coalition flew out to Washington D.C. to meet with legislators.

Collaboration of Willmar Wye's 'Long Journey' Celebrated

July 10, 2019

Local, state and federal officials participate in ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday as construction begins this week.

Hwy 23 Coalition seeking four-lane from South Dakota to Wisconsin

July 06, 2019

The Highway 23 Coalition ditched the two-lane highway for the skyway for their third annual trip to Washington, D.C.  

News Release: Groundbreaking Ceremony for Willmar Wye project is July 9

July 01, 2019

 The partners of the Willmar Rail Connector & Industrial Access project are hosting a groundbreaking ceremony on July 9, 2019...

Turn lanes part of 2020 construction on Hwy. 23

June 20, 2019

Next summer’s construction season will be a major one for motorists who travel frequently on Minnesota Highway 23 between Granite Falls and Cottonwood.

Check out the improvements en route for Highway 23

June 05, 2019

Commuters can soon expect detours around the Interstate Highway 94 and Minnesota Highway 23 interchange.

Coalition Pushing for Improvements All Along Highway 23

May 14, 2019

As the debate continues down in St. Paul on how to increase funding for state transportation projects, a coalition of supporters of improvements to Highway 23...

Governor, Legislature must find transportation solutions

May 11, 2019

There is good news from Saint Paul: Governor Tim Walz and legislative leaders from both parties agree that our roads, highways and bridges need a major funding increase. 

Highway 23 south gap project to begin a year sooner

April 12, 2019

Construction of a four-lane corridor on state Highway 23 between New London and Paynesville will start a year earlier than planned. 

Highway 23 Coalition discuss goals, concerns for 2019

March 30, 2019

The Highway 23 Coalition held its 2019 Annual Membership Meeting on Friday, March 23 at The 400 Club in Rockville.

Bill Enacted to Fix Highway 23 Holdup

March 12, 2019

A bill has been enacted which provides $105 million to make Highway 23 a continuous four-lane road between St. Cloud and Willmar, closing two gaps between the cities.

Fiscal constraints force road project delays in District 8

March 12, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Transportation had plans to repair concrete pavement problem spots this coming year on roads throughout the southwestern counties managed by ...

News Release: Priorities for 2019

January 13, 2019

Following the most recent Board of Directors meeting, the Coalition has identified their support for the following corridor project priorities in 2019:

News Release: 100th Member for the Highway 23 Coalition

November 14, 2018

In the weeks leading up to November, the Highway 23 Coalition passed one hundred member mark.

Lyon County to Join Highway 23 Coalition

November 07, 2018

An interregional group supporting expansion of Minnesota Highway 23 has had a busy year. But even after the state dedicated bonding dollars this summer to fill in gaps in the four-lane highway, the Highway 23 Coalition doesn't plan on slowing down.

Highway 23 four-lane project is on the calendar

October 16, 2018

Highway 23 motorists now have a save-the-date for the long-sought-after four-lane construction project between New London and Richmond.

Rock County joins Highway 23 Coalition with eye on Highway 75

October 10, 2018

Rock County Commissioners joined the Highway 23 Coalition with a $1,000 membership that begins in January. 

Transportation meeting in Willmar highlights ongoing needs

September 20, 2018

With a number of regional highway projects — like U.S. Highway 71 north of Willmar — just finishing up, and funding approved for the state Highway 23 four-lane project between Willmar and St. Cloud, transportation officials say there's much to be thankful for.

County, city join state Hwy. 23 Coalition

August 23, 2018

Pipestone County and the city of Pipestone have both joined the Highway 23 Coalition that formed last year to seek state funding to make state Highway 23 a four-lane highway from Willmar to Interstate 94.

Raymond City Council to Become a Part of Highway 23 Coalition

August 15, 2018

At the regular Raymond City Council meeting on Aug. 13, the council approved a membership to the Highway 23 Coalition. With the membership, the city is in support of the organization who will continue to "fill the gaps in four-lane access" along Highway 23 that runs from Marshall to St. Cloud. 

Granite Falls Council approves renewal of Hwy 23 Coalition membership

August 09, 2018

The Granite Falls City Council on Monday evening, received an update on recent Highway 23 Coalition activities from coalition representative Aaron Backman. He stated that the group had been disappointed by the state’s Corridors of Commerce project announcement in May which saw over $400 million going to four projects all within 50 miles of the Twin Cities metro area.

It will take years to fill the Highway 23 gaps, other work continues

July 28, 2018

While the Highway 23 Coalition was successful in getting over $100 million to fill the north and south gaps of State Highway 23, it will be years before any construction is done.

Hwy 23 Coalition seeks input for future projects

July 21, 2018

With momentum from its success in securing $105 million from Governor Dayton's 2018 Bonding Bill behind it, the Highway 23 Coalition is now gathering input from local communities for future construction priorities.

Highway 23 Coalition seeks broader focus

July 13, 2018

Even though funding has been secured to complete the final two legs of the Highway 23 four-lane between Willmar and Interstate 94, the coalition of regional businesses and government entities that fought to obtain that funding has no intention of going away.

MnDOT Highway 23 "Gaps" Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

June 29, 2018

Here are some helpful responses to questions that residents, businesses, and communities might have regarding the Highway 23 gap projects.

How Does the Highway 23 Gap Project Affect My Property?

June 13, 2018

On May 30, 2018 Governor Mark Dayton signed a public works bill into law. The bill will fund three projects, including the Minnesota Highway 23 “gap” from Paynesville to Richmond and New London to Paynesville. As property owners, you may be wondering what exactly will take place in the coming months...

What Highway 23 improvements mean for you

June 08, 2018

Two extra lanes for safety and commerce. That's what a recently funded project promises for stretches of Minnesota Highway 23 around Paynesville. 

Tribune Opinion: Great work on the Highway 23 gap funding success

June 08, 2018

Filling the Highway 23 gaps project completion will be a major step forward for Willmar and the region. It demonstrates what great things can be accomplished  when residents, businesses, communities and government work together.

Bonding bill a step forward for roads funding, Dayton says

June 01, 2018

Gov. Mark Dayton had some positive things to say about funding for regional highways being part of the $1.5 billion bonding bill he signed Wednesday. The bonding money will help bring some much-needed expansions to U.S. Highway 14 and Minnesota Highway 23, he said.

Highway 23 Coalition Flies to Washington D.C. 

June 01, 2018

From May 22-24, the Highway 23 Coalition made their way through the United States capital, attending congressional meetings to advocate for funding the proposed initiative regarding to Highway 23.

No fisherman's tale: Highway 23 bond funding approved

May 31, 2018

When Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bonding bill Wednesday, he held true to a promise made in a fishing boat to approve an earmark for the state Highway 23 project.

News Release: MnDOT awards three additional Corridors of Commerce projects

May 30, 2018

Funding for latest round of transportation projects included in public works bill signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton.

News Release: Governor signs bonding bill funding Highway 23

May 30, 2018

The Office of Governor Dayton announced that he has signed the 2018 Bonding Bill, including $101million to fully fund both four-lane gaps between Willmar and I-94.

Bonding bill includes new money for Highway 23 project 

May 21, 2018

As part of the bonding bill that was finalized this weekend, the Legislature added $400 million to the state's Corridors of Commerce program and put the state Highway 23 project on this list to be completed, said Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City.

Time to fund the gaps on Highway 23

May 17, 2018

The fishing agreement of Green Lake - for funding support for the Highway 23 gap projects - lasted apparently about as long as it took for the Minnesota political leaders to get out of Kandiyohi County Saturday. Willmar Lakes Area Governor's Fishing Opener Host Kelly Morrell won an informal pledge Saturday from Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa,r and House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, for funding for completing the 7-mile and 9-miles two-lane gaps on state Highway 23 between Willmar and Interstate 94.

Gov. lands bass but his guide may have the biggest prize

May 12, 2018

Governor Dayton reportedly told his boatmates he would support an earmark in a larger bonding bill for the project to make state Highway 23 a four-lane highway from Willmar to I-94 near St. Cloud. "I'll take an earmark on 23,'' Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Nisswa, said the governor told his boatmates.

MnDOT’s choices left Greater Minnesota behind

May 06, 2018

For years, the Corridors of Commerce program has helped pay for critical road projects in the Metro and Greater Minnesota that help boost regional development and make our roads safer for Minnesotans to travel and for farmers and businesses to bring their goods to market.