LITCHFIELD — A two-year, $10.9 million construction project on U.S. Highway 12 in Litchfield is scheduled to be completed Friday, Sept. 4, nearly two months ahead of schedule.

Crews will start taking down the detour signs mid-morning and the road will be opened to all traffic by Friday afternoon, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

MnDOT and Landwehr Construction worked to accelerate the project, which started March 30 and will be completed seven weeks earlier than originally expected. The early completion date will benefit businesses and residents, according to MnDOT.

The two-year project included reconstruction this year of Highway 12 from Fourth Street to the intersection of Highway 12 and state Highway 22 in Litchfield. The city of Litchfield updated utilities, including sanitary sewer and water, in the downtown areas as part of the 2020 project.

Fourth Street from Highway 12 to the outlet at Jewett Creek was reconstructed in 2019 and a pond was constructed to improve drainage.

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Benefits of the project include a smoother road surface, modernized sanitary sewer and water and improved drainage.

For more information on the project, go to the project web page at www.mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy12litchfield.