WILLMAR, Minn. – The intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 22 in Litchfield will close to traffic starting tomorrow, Thursday, May 14. By closing the intersection and starting work earlier than the original start date of July 5, the project will be completed six weeks earlier than scheduled. The project is now set to be complete and open to traffic on or before September 19, 2020. Work zone 2, which is in red on the map, will go into effect tomorrow, May 14.
Installation of storm sewer in the downtown is finished. Sanitary sewer and water main work continues about a block behind the storm sewer work and will finish this week. Grading of the new road from 4th Street to the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 22 is scheduled to start later this week. The goal is to start paving (concrete) by the first week of June.
The reconstruction of Highway 12 from 4th Street to the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 22 in Litchfield began Monday, March 30. This is the second year of the Highway 12 Litchfield project. 4th Street from Highway 12 to the outlet at Jewett Creek was reconstructed in 2019 and a pond was constructed to improve drainage. The City of Litchfield is updating utilities (sanitary sewer & water) in the downtown as part of the 2020 project.
Benefits of the project include a smoother road surface, modernized sanitary sewer and water and improved drainage. The project helps to ensure that the city and state infrastructure continues to serve their purposes for many years.
Landwehr Construction is the contractor on the project.
For more information on the project, please visit the project webpage at www.mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy12litchfield.
MnDOT recommends that travelers always drive with caution, and reminds everyone to:
- Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution
- Stay alert; work zones constantly change
- Watch for workers and slow moving equipment
- Never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones
- Obey posted speed limits; fine for a work zone violation is $300
- Minimize distractions behind the wheel
- Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times
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