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Update: Temporary detour will begin at 8 a.m.Tuesday on Highway 71 north of Willmar

UPDATED WITH START TIME OF DETOUR WILLMAR - Starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday a section of US Highway 71 North near Willmar will be closed for up to five hours. The road will be closed between the US Highway 71 North/Highway 23 "split" and County Road 2...

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UPDATED WITH START TIME OF DETOUR

WILLMAR β€“ Starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday a section of US Highway 71 North near Willmar will be closed for up to five hours.

The road will be closed between the US Highway 71 North/Highway 23 β€œsplit” and County Road 27.

Traffic will be routed on county roads 27 and 9 during the short detour.

The detour is part of the Highway 23 resurfacing project, which allows crews to install rumble strips and striping.

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MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, and reminds them to slow down in the work zone and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.

 For more information visit the project webpage at www.mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy23willmarnewlondon .

 For updated statewide road conditions and construction information, call 5-1-14 or visit 222.511mn.org.

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Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at clange@wctrib.com or 320-894-9750
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