Highway 23 Corridor
Highway 23 Coalition has 100+ members, including 64 businesses, 14 cities & 10 counties fully supporting the effort to fill the gaps in four-lane access.
The Highway 23 Coalition has expanded its coverage to 14 cities and 10 counties and now covers from I-90 in Southwest MN to I-35 in Northeast MN. The Coalition has over 100 business, government, and organizational members.
The Highway 23 Coalition is appreciative of the Corridors of Commerce funding that was approved for the two four-lane gaps between Willmar and I-94 during the last legislative session. MnDOT District 8 is the lead entity for both gaps and is proceeding to develop and deliver these projects.
Recently District 8 has hired Isthmus Engineering to provide engineering services (e.g. final design, public engagement, permitting, etc.) for the North Gap. Land acquisition/ROW activities will begin in 2019. Construction of the first gap is expected to begin in 2022.
Highway 23 Priority Projects for 2019
- Construction of a Roundabout in the City of Foley at Highway 23 and 8th Avenue (near Foley Public Schools) and the undertaking of a Preferred Route Safety Study that would encompass Hwy 23 from Foley to Milaca. This study would determine the best route for a four-lane road.
- Construction of a CSAH 55 Overpass that would connect to the new Interchange at Hwy 23 and County Road 5. This bridge over the BNSF railroad would tie into the new Willmar Railroad Wye project with a direct connection to the City’s Industrial Park.
- Undertaking an Intersection Safety Study at Highway 23 and Highway 7 in Clara City. This study would determine what changes could be made to enhance safety at this intersection. The Coalition’s Board approved providing $5,000 toward the local match required by MnDOT. Chippewa County and the City, both members of the Coalition, would match the contribution.
- Construction of a four-lane extension of Highway 23 north from the City of Marshall to the City of Green Valley, a distance of 4.5 miles. This project would continue the four-lane infrastructure on the Hwy 23 Corridor and bring it closer to connecting with Highway 212.
In addition, the Highway 23 Coalition has been supportive of an improved I-94/MN23 Interchange project, an important safety project near Waite Park. MnDOT District 3 is now in the process of moving up this project, if possible, from 2020 to this year. The Coalition appreciates District 3’s efforts in this regard.