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Resurfacing of Hwy. 23 begins Monday between Russell and Marshall

WILLMAR -- Highway 23 motorists will encounter intermittent lane closures and detours between Russell and Marshall beginning Monday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced.

The 12-mile resurfacing project extends from Russell to one-half mile north of Highway 19 in Marshall. The project will be constructed in two phases and consists of resurfacing, construction of a pedestrian underpass, storm sewer, lighting and sidewalk. The project will reduce maintenance costs and improve pavement strength.

Crews will begin the resurfacing project on Highway 23 from south of Highway 19 to Lyon County Road 5. Traffic will be rerouted on two lanes of the four-lane highway. Motorists will be detoured while on the two-lane segment south on Lyon County Road 5, west on Lyon County Road 2 and back to Highway 23. This detour will remain in effect from July 6 to Sept. 10, weather permitting.

The second phase is scheduled to begin June 7 and includes construction of a pedestrian underpass, storm sewer installation and resurfacing of the four-lane segment north of Highway 19. Highway 23 traffic will be detoured west on Lyon County Road 33 to U.S. Highway 59 and back to Highway 23. This detour will be in effect until Aug. 21.

The entire project is expected to be completed on Oct. 15, weather permitting.

Project information and detour map is available at or at

Shafer Contracting Company of Shafer is the prime contractor for the $16.7 million project.

-- Staff reports