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Construction on Highway 223 in Leonard begins July 8

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today, construction on Highway 223 in Leonard begins July 8. The project includes resurfacing Highway 223 between Leonard and Highway 92. Motorists will detour utilizing Clearwater County Roads 3 and 10.

In addition to resurfacing, project elements include:

• Culvert replacements

• Sidewalk upgrades in Leonard

The contractor for the $2.95 million project is Gladen Construction. The project is expected to be complete in late-August, weather permitting. For more information as well as a detour map, visit the project website:

Project benefits and cost

Benefits of the project include a safer road, improved drainage, and a smoother and longer lasting driving surface.

Important reminders for motorists regarding work zone safety:

• 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.

• Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.

• Minimize distractions behind the wheel.

• Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

Please join the MnDOT District 2 Facebook group for updates on construction, road conditions and other transportation related topics. For a complete list of projects for 2024, please visit For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.


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