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MnDOT has a slew of projects in the works this year

Heavy equipment is seen Dec. 14 at the construction site for the new Paynesville bypass after work stopped for the winter season. The three-year project to construct a 7.7-mile divided highway bypass around Paynesville will continue this year with another $12.5 million segment of the $32 million project. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

WILLMAR -- The state Highway 23 bypass around Paynesville is the big-ticket item on the Minnesota Department of Transportation's 2011 project list, which was announced Wednesday.

The three-year, $32 million project to construct a 7.7-mile divided highway bypass around Paynesville continues this year with another $12.5 million segment of the project.

The work site this year is located west of Kandiyohi County Road 6 to southwest of 263rd Avenue, which is east of Paynesville in Stearns County.

The project includes grading, construction of eight bridges, surfacing and lighting.

Construction began last April and is expected to be completed by August of 2012.

A $14.3 million project on U.S. Highway 212 from Renville County Road 16 near Hector to state Highway 22 near Glencoe is set to begin in May and be completed by November.

The project includes grading, resurfacing and constructing new turn lanes.

A $2.9 million project to resurface state Highway 67 is scheduled for this summer. The project is located from Highway 23 to the Yellow Medicine River Bridge.

A $2.1 million project to repair concrete pavement is scheduled for Highway 23 east of the junction of Highway 212 to state Highway 7 in Clara City. That project will begin in June and be completed by August.

There are two projects slated to begin in June for U.S. Highway 59.

One includes a $1.4 million project to resurface the roadway north of Lyon County Road 33 to Yellow Medicine County Road 3. Work should be done by August.

The second is a month-long project located south of Clarkfield to Lyon County Road 3 that involves widening shoulders and line culverts.

Other area projects on the list in MnDOT's District 8 include:

- $550,000 to resurface the roadway, install accessible pedestrian ramps and sidewalks on state Highway 9 in New London from Highway 23 to First Avenue North. The project will begin in August and be completed in October.

- $441,891 to sealcoat Highway 23 from U.S. Highway 71 to Kandiyohi County Road 31 near New London. Work will take place in August.

- $389,049 to resurface U.S. Highway 12 East in Willmar from Sixth Street to 24th Street in Willmar. Work will be completed in May.

- $300,904 to restore historic retaining wall and guardrail on state Highway 19, west of the junction of Highways 71/67. The project is scheduled from May through August.

- $225,000 to construct sidewalk and trail and install accessible pedestrian signals in Marshall from Bruce Street to the junction of Highway 23. The project timeline is August to October.

- $117,918 to refurbish light poles on Highway 23 in Spicer. The project will take place from June to November.

The 2011 project list also includes pavement markings, installation of pedestrian signals, replacement of road signs, installation of enhanced curve delineation and chevrons and installation of lighting at various sites on numerous highways in District 8, which includes the counties of Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville and Yellow Medicine.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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