Hwy 14 Nicollet to N. Mankato construction resumes March 28
Two month detour planned for late summer
MANKATO, Minn. – The second year of construction on Highway 14 from Nicollet to North Mankato is set to begin March 28, weather permitting.
The start of construction also means the permanent closure of Nicollet County Road 25 east of Highway 14. Closing access of this short road segment to the new four-lane expressway will improve safety.
Construction this year includes installing granular and aggregate bases then concrete paving, striping, signing, and erosion control. Bridge beams were set and deck work begun over the winter at the new interchange with Highway 111 (CR23). A detour later in the summer will be necessary to build the connections between existing Highway 14 and the new alignment to the south of Nicollet.
The first two weeks the contractor will work to complete grading, install pipes and median drains. The week of April 11, these activities continue and expand to include bridge deck paving, storm sewer and culvert installation and will result in the closing of Nicollet County Road 25 west of Highway 14 until the end of June.
Motorists are advised to stay alert as work on the new lanes north of the existing highway resumes. Large equipment with be moving in and out of the work site.
The project, which includes building 6.5 miles of two additional lanes north of existing Highway 14 and a 2.5 mile four-lane southern bypass of Nicollet with an interchange for Highway 111/CR 23 is scheduled to be complete by November. Mathiowetz Construction Company of Sleepy Eye is the contractor on the $32 million Corridors of Commerce project.
A detour map and information about Highway 14 can be found at www.mndot.gov/d7/projects/14newulmtonmankato/ as well a way to get e-mail updates as the project progresses.
For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org
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