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TRAFFIC AND CONSTRUCTION

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that resurfacing work on Minnesota Highway 4, north of Cosmos, will begin Monday, May 23. Drivers will be detoured around the work zone.
A worker witnessed the woman drive through a barricade into the concrete on Seventh Street Northeast in Rochester.
Staff from Kandiyohi County Public Works gave several presentations May 4 to the Kandiyohi County Board on the condition of roads in the county and the department's plans to keep them in good condition. In 2022, Public Works plans to do more than $14 million in projects ranging from reconstruction to crack sealing.
Construction will continue for the next several weeks on Kandiyohi County Road 41 from Park Avenue to County Road 24. It is expected to reopen to traffic in July.

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The detour for the work on Highway 23 from Paynesville to Richmond will run until November 2022, when the road will reopen for several months. The detour will then be in place again from May 2023 until November 2023 for the final year of construction.
Traffic safety professionals who are part of the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths initiative will be putting more emphasis on improving driver behavior.
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While construction has already begun on the north gap of the Highway 23 four-lane project, supporters gathered Friday in Roscoe to officially celebrate the start of the long-planned and wished-for project. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Roadside Tavern Banquet Hall, with various state, county, city and township dignitaries from along Minnesota Highway 23 in attendance.
The Renville County Board of Commissioners opened discussions on a local option sales tax to raise funds for transportation needs. The west central Minnesota county has bonded to increase road funding, but it is not keeping up with needs.
An intersection control evaluation on the intersection of Minnesota Highway 7 and Chippewa County Road 15/24th Street in Montevideo found a need for safety improvements, but not enough to warrant installing signal lights.

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The Highway 23 safety improvement advisory group, formed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, has begun meeting, gathering community input on a proposed project at the intersection in New London.
Questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues in Minnesota may be sent to Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow at 1000 Highway 10 W., Detroit Lakes, MN 56560. You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or email him at jesse.grabow@state.mn.us
The Willmar City Council approved bids for street reconstruction projects and the airport apron expansion project at the April 4 meeting. Council members also gave their permission for the street and parking lot overlay projects and the Epitopix water and sanitary sewer improvements to go out to bids.

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