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Highway 23 reopening set for early July

An emergency repair contract for Highway 23 at the south fork of the Nemadji River is underway. Work at the site will begin late this week and is expected to be completed by July 7 or sooner, weather dependent. The highway has been closed since June 17 due to flood damage.

The repairs are considered temporary and the finished driving surface will be gravel. The Minnesota Department of Transportation will maintain the surface throughout the summer. The highway will be paved by fall.

MnDOT hopes to do the permanent repair on the damaged segment next summer during the same time the highway must be closed for two other previously scheduled projects. By doing all three projects next summer, the total time Highway 23 needs to be closed will be greatly reduced.

Until the highway is repaired, motorists are encouraged to take Interstate 35 as an alternate route or they must use the posted detour. The detour route uses mostly gravel county roads. MnDOT will grade and maintain the detour route until Highway 23 is reopened in the damaged area.

Maps showing the posted detour and recommended alternative route can be seen at dot.state.mn.us/d1/index.html.

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