Highway 23

Highway 23 Improvements Moving Ahead

October 19, 2018

Highway 23 Improvements Moving Ahead
On May 30th, Governor Dayton signed the bill approved by the Minnesota Legislature providing $105 million in Corridors of Commerce funding for both four-lane gaps on Highway 23 between Willmar and Interstate 94. The Highway 23 Coalition worked very hard to encourage passage and the signing of the bonding bill that included road funding and other important projects in this region. The Coalition, which now boasts 94 members including 64 businesses and 21 units of government, will continue to hold the

No fisherman’s tale: Highway 23 bond funding approved

June 4, 2018

No fisherman’s tale: Highway 23 bond funding approved
WILLMAR — Anglers are often accused of stretching the truth, but these guys proved to be straight shooters: 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.   The bonding bill includes $105 million to complete the seven- and nine-mile “gaps” in the four-lane between New London and Paynesville and between Paynesville and Richmond, making the entire Highway 23 route

MnDOT awards three additional Corridors of Commerce projects

June 4, 2018

MnDOT awards three additional Corridors of Commerce projects
Funding for the latest round of transportation projects included in public works bill signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation today announced three additional Corridors of Commerce projects, valued at over $400 million. The projects were funded by Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature in this year’s public works bill.  “These urgently needed highway improvements are essential for the safety of our people and the betterment

Bonding bill includes funding for Highway 23 project

May 21, 2018

Bonding bill includes funding for Highway 23 project
WILLMAR — Looks like the Highway 23 four-lane project between New London and Interstate 94 may get funded after all. 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.   Highway 23 was one of three highway projects selected to receive the new money, along with highways 14 and 252. “Highway

Tribune Editorial: Time to fund the gaps on Highway 23

May 17, 2018

Tribune Editorial: Time to fund the gaps on Highway 23
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, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, for funding for completing the 7-mile and 9-miles two-lane gaps on state Highway

Highway 23 “gaps” did not receive Corridors of Commerce funding

May 1, 2018

Highway 23 “gaps” did not receive Corridors of Commerce funding
St. PAUL – The hopes of local officials that the Highway 23 “gap” between New London and Paynesville and other, area transportation projects in the region would be awarded Corridor of Commerce funds were left unmet.   The Minnesota Department of Transportation awarded a total of $417 million to four projects as part of the 2018 Corridors of Commerce program on Tuesday. None of the hoped-for local projects made the cut. MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle announced that funding for 2018

Bonding committee hears ‘the ask’: Willmar area officials request funds for roads, college maintenance projects

January 9, 2018

Bonding committee hears ‘the ask’: Willmar area officials request funds for roads, college maintenance projects
WILLMAR—With millions of state bonding money on the line when the Legislature reconvenes next month, local officials made the case Monday that several area projects should be funded. Members of the Senate Capital Investment Committee began a 12-day tour of the state Monday to hear pitches for projects seeking state funding. During an hour-long stop at Ridgewater College in Willmar, committee members heard about the nuts and bolts of two major road and bridge projects and maintenance projects at

EDC Hosts Highway 23 Transportation Rally

December 6, 2017

EDC Hosts Highway 23 Transportation Rally
In May of 2017 a group of over 30 interested people, including business and government leaders, met in New London to discuss the need to finish the four-lane gaps on Highway 23, formalize the Highway 23 Coalition and elect officers.  Since that time, the Coalition has incorporated, established a budget and the full membership elected a nine-member Board of Directors.  Currently, there are more than 60 committed members of the Coalition, including 16 units of government, nearly 40 businesses and

Highway 23 Coalition makes pitch to transportation commissioner

October 14, 2017

Highway 23 Coalition makes pitch to transportation commissioner
SPICER—On a bus ride from Paynesville to Spicer, Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Charles Zelle saw trucks hauling wind turbine blades south on Highway 23. Zelle jokingly asked members of the Highway 23 Coalition Friday if they had arranged for those trucks so he could see the need for a four-lane state Highway 23 from Willmar to Interstate 94. The coalition hosted Zelle at a luncheon in Spicer and took him on tours of pending road projects, including the Willmar Wye. Currently, the road has

Willmar joins Highway 23 Coalition seeking funds to close four-lane gaps

August 30, 2017

Willmar joins Highway 23 Coalition seeking funds to close four-lane gaps
WILLMAR—The city of Willmar has officially joined the Highway 23 Coalition. “This has been a long-term project,” said Councilor Kathy Schwantes. While the coalition has been in existence for several years now, there has been a recent push to become more formally organized in an attempt to persuade the state to approve money for state Highway 23 projects. “The coalition has been seeking state funding to complete the two four-lane gaps on Highway 23 between Willmar and I-94,”