News Release

November 12, 2019

Contact: Sandra Schlagel, Public Affairs Coordinator

Office: 320-214-6362

Cell: 320-212-0067

Twitter:  @MnDOTsouthwest


County Road 5 detour in Willmar will be removed November 13

WILLMAR, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will remove the County Road 5 detour in Willmar on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. The detour was needed during construction of a single-lane roundabout at County Road 5 and its future intersection with the realigned U.S. Highway 12 that is part of the Willmar Rail Connector & Industrial Access project, also known as the Willmar Wye. The roundabout will be connected to the realigned U.S. Highway 12 during the 2020 construction season.

The detour of Highway 40 in Willmar, also required as part of the project, will remain in effect through June 2020. Traffic will continue to be routed on County Road 7 and U.S. Highway 12.

Grading operations are winding down for the 2019 construction season, however, the contractor will continue doing bridge work through the winter.

The Willmar Wye is a public-private partnership between the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Kandiyohi County, City of Willmar, Kandiyohi/Willmar Economic Development Commission, and BNSF Railway, to build a new rail line on the west side of Willmar. The additional rail line will provide a direct connection between the Marshall and Morris Subdivisions of the BNSF freight rail network as well as freight rail access to the City of Willmar’s industrial park.

The project includes the realignment of U.S. Highway 12 and the reconstruction of Highway 40, including two new bridges, and the construction of two single-lane roundabouts. Benefits of the project include:

  • Improved safety for travelers by reducing at-grade crossing exposure
  • Increased multi-modal opportunities for shippers
  • Economic growth possibilities
  • Improved quality of life
  • Reduced wait times for railroad crossings to clear
  • Fewer trains and reduced noise in downtown Willmar

The Hoffman Team is the contractor on the project. Major participants of the team include Hoffman Construction Company, Lunda Construction Company, and Bolton & Menk, Inc.

For more information on the project visit the project webpage at

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Sandra Schlagel

Public Affairs Coordinator | District 8

Minnesota Department of Transportation

2505 Transportation Road

Willmar, MN 56201

O:  320.214.6362

C:  320.212.0067


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