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Minnesota road projects resume

WILLMAR -- Road construction projects around the state are gearing up again, now that the state government shutdown has ended.

Construction on the Highway 23 Bypass project at Paynesville resumed Thursday, the day the shutdown ended.

The project extends 7.7 miles from west of Kandiyohi County Road 6 to west of 263rd Avenue east of Paynesville in Stearns County. The three-year project began in April 2010 and is expected to be completed in 2012. The project includes grading, construction of eight bridges, surfacing and lighting.

Construction on U.S. Highway 212, which was also shut down during the shutdown, will resume next week.

The 28.3-mile resurfacing project extends from Renville County Road 16 west of Hector to the start of the four-lane highway west of Glencoe. The project consists of pavement resurfacing, new turn lane construction and culvert liner installation.

Traffic will be detoured on state Highway 4, Renville County Road 11, McLeod County Road 18 and state Highway 15.

Motorists will soon encounter intermittent lane closures on U.S. Highway 12 from the junction of Kandiyohi County Road 9 to the junction of Second Street West in Willmar.

Lane closures are necessary while repairs are made to drainage structures. The project is estimated to be completed in approximately two weeks.

A concrete repair project will begin Monday on state Highway 23 from Clara City to Highway 212 near Granite Falls.

The project begins 600 feet south of the Highway 23/Highway 7 junction in Clara City to the Highway 23/Highway 212 junction east of Granite Falls. The project includes removing and replacing deteriorated concrete.

Highway 23 traffic at Clara City will be detoured south on Chippewa County Road 2/Renville County Road 9, then west on Highway 212 to Highway 23.

MnDOT urges drivers to follow these guidelines when driving in or near construction and road maintenance projects:

- Stay alert, expect the unexpected. Be patient.

- Never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

- Plan ahead and expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

- Don't use cell phones while driving.

- Remember text messaging while driving is illegal.

- Follow posted speed limits; fines double in work zones.

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