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Highway 23 expansion project east of St. Cloud resumes Monday

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Highway 23 expansion project east of St. Cloud resumes Monday

Motorists traveling on Highway 23 will use detour

Motorists traveling on Highway 23 from Highway 95 east of St. Cloud to Highway 25 in Foley will encounter a detour beginning Monday. Construction will resume to expand Highway 23 east of St. Cloud to a four-lane divided highway.

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Motorists traveling on Highway 23 will use a detour via Highway 95 and Highway 25. Local businesses and residents will maintain access during the detour. The detour map is located at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/newsrels/12/detours/Hwy23_benton_2012.pdf.

In 2011, crews constructed two new lanes. Work this year includes reconstructing the existing two lanes and turn lanes, constructing a westbound bridge over the Elk River and realigning all intersecting roadways, including 65th Avenue, Benton County Road 25, 85th Avenue/Benton County Road 83, Benton County Road 61, Benton County Road 62 and Benton County Road 4.

Additional work in Foley includes upgrading the traffic signal and adding turn lanes at the Highway 23/Highway 25 intersection, building a storm water pond just northeast of the Highway23/Highway 25 intersection, reconstructing the Glen/Sheridan frontage road in the Industrial Park, installing city curbs, gutters, storm/sanitary sewers, water mains and other utilities and resurfacing the two-lane section of Highway 23 from Highway 25 to the east limits of Foley.

The goal of this project is to improve safety and mobility along the Highway 23 corridor.

Hoffman Construction Company of Black River Falls, Wis., is the prime contractor for the project.

During construction and road maintenance work, the Minnesota Department of Transportation urges drivers to:

* Check www.511mn.org<http://www.511mn.org> or call 511 for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions.

* Stay alert; expect the unexpected.

* Never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

* Plan ahead and expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

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