Highway 67 in Granite Falls area will be rerouted next year

An unusual slope failure has led to the permanent closing of a portion of the highway and will necessitate the removal of a bridge over the Yellow Medicine River in 2026.

Underground movement caused these fissures and forced the closure of Highway 67 between the main entrance to the Upper Sioux Agency State Park and the road leading to its campground on the Yellow Medicine River in 2019.
Underground movement caused these fissures and forced the closure of Highway 67 between the main entrance to the Upper Sioux Agency State Park and the road leading to its campground on the Yellow Medicine River in 2019.
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GRANITE FALLS — Highway 67 will be permanently rerouted next year, and a bridge spanning the Yellow Medicine River on the highway will be removed in fiscal year 2026.

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The timelines for these and other upcoming changes to Highway 67 along the portion including Granite Falls, the Upper Sioux Community, and the Upper Sioux Agency Sioux Park were outlined for the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday by Tony Pfau, state road plan coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Movement occurring 100 feet below the surface of the highway opened earthquake-like fissures along a quarter-mile section of the road by the Upper Sioux Agency State Park, leading MnDOT to close that segment in 2019. A study by MnDOT found it cost-prohibitive to rebuild the affected portion.

Earlier this year, MnDOT and Yellow Medicine County approved an agreement to swap roadways to allow for the rerouting of Highway 67.

The road swap involves approximately six miles of Yellow Medicine County Road 2 that will become a park of the state highway and 5.4 miles of existing Highway 67 that will become a county road.


What will officially become the new route next year is currently serving as the detour for the closed segment of the highway.

Other work ahead includes:

  • In fiscal 2024, MnDOT will replace guardrails on a bridge on the portion of County Road 2 that will be the new Highway 67 and add rumble strips and pavement markings.
  • In 2025, it will construct a cul de sac at the entrance to the Upper Sioux Agency State Park and remove the pavement on the failed section of roadway from the park entrance to the bridge crossing the Yellow Medicine River.
  • In 2026, MnDOT will remove the bridge spanning the river. The bridge is located just a short distance from the entrance to the main campground at the Upper Sioux Agency State Park. The forces causing the slope failure that have damaged the roadway are also putting pressure on the bridge. MnDOT believes the bridge can remain serviceable until its removal in 2026.
  • In 2027, MnDOT will undertake a milling and overlay project on the Highway 167 segment from Highway 23 at Granite Falls to the Upper Sioux Agency State Park.
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Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoors reporter for the West Central Tribune.
He has been a reporter with the West Central Tribune since 1993.

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