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Crews are finishing work on the Highway 23 bypass near Paynesville. Heavy equipment worked at the site Thursday. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Much-anticipated bypass around Paynesville, Minn., is set to open about one month earlier than estimated


PAYNESVILLE -- The long-awaited state Highway 23 bypass around the city of Paynesville is expected to open in mid-July -- a good month ahead of schedule.

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, according to Paul Rasmussen, project engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8 office in Willmar.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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