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The Minnesota Department of Transportation is planning on investing more than $500 million into District 8, which includes Kandiyohi County and 11 other southwest Minnesota counties, over the next 10 years. This will include major projects on state Highway 23, state Highway 40 and U.S. Highway 71 in Kandiyohi County.
Approximately twice a year the Kandiyohi County Board conducts a "road and bridge meeting" that focuses on public works. The board held its fall meeting on Wednesday, not only hearing updates on projects and other issues, but also getting a hands-on look at new equipment at the Kandiyohi County Public Works garage in Willmar.
No injuries were reported when a pickup crashed into the rear of a school bus Monday morning on U.S. Highway 12 in Kandiyohi.
The assessment hearing for Willmar's 2022 street improvement projects began during the Aug. 15 meeting of the Willmar City Council and was continued to the Tuesday, Sept. 6, meeting. The council on Tuesday will continue the hearing during a special council meeting Oct. 11.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the city of Benson will demolish an elevator next week. Minnesota Highway 9 North in Benson will be closed for two weeks during the demolition.
The letter writer discusses the Second Street SE update project.

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A speed survey conducted by the Willmar Police Department showed that the majority of drivers in Willmar surveyed either stay at or below the speed limit or drive one to 5 miles per hour above the speed limit.
In a news release issued Friday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced plans for chip sealing two segments on U.S. Highway 12 and another segment on state Highway 55. Work will begin Saturday, Aug. 27, and is expected to be completed Tuesday, Aug. 30.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will resurface and make repairs to the Interstate 94 bridge in southwest St. Cloud in Stearns County. Drivers will encounter reduced speeds and one-lane traffic, in each direction. The work begins Wednesday, Aug. 31, and is expected to be completed in mid-October.

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