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|Paynesville Press - December 11, 2002|
MnDOT opens Highway 23 to four lanes
A 6.2-mile segment of Highway 23 between I-94 and Cold Spring opened last week, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). Some striping (painting lines) was done late last week, causing lanes to be temporarily closed.|
MnDOT had originally announced that a 7.6-mile stretch of four-lane highway would remain as a two-lane road this fall and would have to wait until next spring to open.
Local city officials and businesses in Rockville pushed for opening the four-lane roadway this fall, and MnDOT arranged to have a crossover built that enabled a 6.2-mile segment to open this year.
Two years remain on the Highway 23 expansion project from I-94 to Richmond. Next year, the highway will be detoured as work is done in Cold Spring. Then in 2004, the four-lane highway should be constructed to Richmond.
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