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Lane closures on West Highway 12 in Willmar begin Saturday

WILLMAR -- The eastbound lanes of West Highway 12/Litchfield Avenue in Willmar will be closed to traffic beginning early Saturday morning rather than Sunday morning as crews begin demolition Saturday of the Templo Mahanaim Assemblea de Dios Church on the corner of Highway 12 and Seventh Street Southwest.

The date of the demolition was moved up one day by the demolition contractor.

Traffic will be diverted to the westbound lanes of Highway 12, one lane in each direction. Message boards, signing and traffic delineators will direct motorists through the work zone.

The lane closures will remain in effect during daylight hours of Saturday and Sunday.

Seventh Street and Eighth Street Southwest will be closed to traffic. Motorists are encouraged to find an alternate route.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges drivers to use caution, watch for signs and be alert for workers in the work zone; never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones; and don't use cell phones while driving and remember text messaging while driving is illegal.