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Open house for Highway 23 Paynesville to Richmond project set

WILLMAR — Area residents and business owners are invited to attend an open house Nov. 1 to view the Environmental Assessment Worksheet and current project layouts for the proposed state Highway 23 two-lane to four-lane expansion from Paynesville to Richmond.

The open house will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the St. Peter and Paul School gymnasium, 111 Central Avenue North, in Richmond. There will be no formal presentation, but participants will be able to meet with Minnesota Department of Transportation staff and make comments.

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Highway 23 is an interregional corridor that is a key artery for the regional economy. The project involves the expansion of Highway 23 from two-lane to four-lane from Paynesville to Richmond, a stretch of approximately seven miles and will provide additional capacity, improve the movement of freight and increase road safety.

The EAW, which assesses the potential environmental impacts of the project, examines the purpose and need for the proposed improvements to Highway 23, along with the anticipated social, economic and environmental effects if the project is constructed. The EAW will be available to view electronically at and during business hours at the MnDOT District 8 headquarters in Willmar and at the Willmar Public Library.

The 30-day public comment period for the EAW begins Monday. Individuals are encouraged to submit written comments prior to 4 p.m. Nov. 15. Please submit comments to: Lance Kalthoff, MnDOT Project Manager, 2505 Transportation Road, Willmar, MN 56021; 320-214-6352;