WILLMAR — The contractor for multiple roadway and safety improvements projects on U.S. Highway 71 in Willmar has decided not to begin construction until July 6, a month later than previously announced, said a news release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8.

The projects should be completed by Sept. 3, weather permitting.

Map courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation
Map courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

Information on all the projects can be found on the MnDOT District 8 website.

Projects included a J-turn at US 71 and County Road 90, along with a concrete walkway between the northbound and southbound lanes and a raised median to separate the eastbound and westbound lanes on County Road 90, on both sides of the intersection; median construction at 41st Avenue; a culvert replacement on 48th Avenue; and safety improvements at County Road 24, such as a U-turn north of the J-turn, a left-turn lane leading into the J-turn and a concrete walkway to connect the walking path on 23rd Street Northeast.

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Pavement maintenance will also be done in the southbound land from north of Point Lake to the far south of Willmar Lake.

The entire scope of work is estimated to cost $2.5 million. The contractor is Duininck Inc. of Prinsburg.