Detour no more as County Road 5 roundabout opens in Willmar

County Road 5 opens

A truck drives through the new roundabout Thursday morning on Kandiyohi County Road 5 in Willmar between U.S. Highway 12 and Willmar Avenue. The section opened up to drivers Wednesday evening after being closed for construction. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — The new roundabout on Kandiyohi County Road 5 in Willmar south of the U.S. Highway 12 intersection opened to drivers Wednesday evening.

The new single-lane roundabout will eventually be at the intersection of County Road 5 and the realigned Highway 12 as part of the overall Willmar Rail Connector and Industrial Access Project, or Willmar Wye.

The roundabout will be connected to the new Highway 12 in 2020.

Erica Dischino is a photojournalist for the West Central Tribune and Forum News Service. She grew up in northern New Jersey and has lived in the Midwest since 2017. She enjoys photographing the stories of west central Minnesota from county fairs, parades and pandemics. Feel free to contact her at or 320-894-8865 with your best photo ideas.
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