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Hwy. 12 project to begin in May

WILMAR -- The resurfacing project on Highway 12 from Sixth Street east to 24th Street in Willmar is scheduled to begin in May. The project will provide a smoother ride for motorists, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation's District 8 office in Willmar.

Road officials are aware of the current condition of the Highway 12 driving surface and crews continue to fill the numerous potholes on a regular basis, the release states.

The current cold temperatures limit the agency's ability to utilize patching material to perform well for the long term. Moisture, coupled with the freeze-thaw cycle and heavy traffic, cause the patching materials to easily dislodge, which results in the reappearance of potholes.

The $370,000 project is expected to begin May 2 and take 10 working days to mill and overlay the roadway. The Lakeland Drive intersection will be closed for one or two days, and traffic will be rerouted.

A sidewalk and pedestrian ramp project is scheduled two years from now along the same section of roadway.

In 2013, MnDOT will update the pedestrian ramps to comply with federal accessibility standards and will replace a fairly large portion of sidewalk along the highway.