The Minnesota Department of Transportation will conduct drilling operations on state Highway 23 from Paynesville to Richmond beginning today. According to a MNDOT News Release When that section is finished, drilling will continue on Highway 23 from New London to Paynesville. Motorists will encounter alternating lane closures and a flagging operation along these routes through Tuesday, July 23, weather permitting. Short delays are possible. The drilling will identify the pavement and base layers for future construction projects, according to the release.