WILLMAR - Motorists will encounter minor delays on Minnesota Highway 55 between Stearns County Road 130 and North Grande Street in Paynesville as earth moving equipment crosses Highway 55 to haul materials for the Highway 23 bypass project.
The contractor was able to begin work June 15 instead of June 21 as originally planned.
Flaggers will direct Highway 55 motorists through the work zone until fall 2010.
The 7.5-mile, four-lane divided bypass project is located from Kandiyohi County Road 6 to west of 263rd Avenue in Paynesville and includes grading, paving, construction of eight bridges and lighting.
The project will improve mobility and safety for motorists traveling along the Highway 23 corridor and allows Highway 23 to remain an important connection between Willmar and St. Cloud.
For additional information on the project, log onto http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d8/construct.html.