Hwy. 23 ‘J-turn’ project ready for phase two

WILLMAR — The Reduced Conflict Intersection project on Highway 23 in Marshall enters phase two of construction on Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced Monday.

MnDOT started the construction project to build a reduced-conflict intersection or “J-turn,” at the intersection of Highway 23 and Lyon Street in early August. The project is planned to cut down on crashes at the intersection.

A restricted turn lane is also being built at the intersection of Clarice Avenue and Highway 23.

MnDOT Public Affairs Coordinator Sandra Schlagel for District 8 said motorists will notice lane shifts and additional concrete barriers installed as the work zone moves to the median and crossover areas. The traffic switch will take most of the day on Wednesday.

Schlagel also said eastbound and westbound traffic on Highway 23 will move to the outside lanes while the J-turns are being constructed in the median areas. Access will now open for right turns onto and from Clarice Avenue, East Lyon Street, and 270th Street which have been closed during Phase 1.

The new release also said the State Patrol will continue to enforce this area throughout Phase 2 work.