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Highway 23 bypass around Paynesville, Minn., open to motorists

A sign informs Highway 23 motorists Friday that the newly completed bypass around the city of Paynesville is open. The 7.7-mile stretch of road, also seen at top, was completed about month early. Construction began in April of 2010 and even though the state budget shutdown put a temporary halt to construction last year, mild fall weather helped crews get ahead of schedule. The $32.2 million, concrete bypass skirts the western and northern edges of town and the 65 mph speed limit should shave several minu...