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Highway 71 to reopen Friday north of Willmar

Erica Dischino / Tribune The “Road Closed” signs remain on U.S. Highway 71 north of Willmar for a resurfacing project, but the end is in sight. The Minnesota Department of Transportation said this week that the $6 million project should be complete by Sept. 12.

WILLMAR — U.S. Highway 71 north of state Highway 23 will be finished Friday, and the detour will be lifted around 8 p.m., according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The project included resurfacing Highway 71 from the junction of Highway 23 to just north of state Highway 9 in Kandiyohi County. In addition to the resurfacing project, MnDOT constructed left and right turning lanes and a bypass lane on the same stretch of road.

Also added was a pedestrian underpass as part of a trail extension from New London to Sibley State Park.

The highway received a chip seal resurfacing this week. The thin layer of liquid asphalt and gravel protects the pavement and extends the life of the road, according to a release from MnDOT.

The Highway 71 North project cost $6 million.

Linda Vanderwerf

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