Highway 71 to reopen Friday north of Willmar
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.