MnDOT warns of open waters at Minnesota River Bridge in New Ulm
Snowmobilers advised to stay clear of construction area
MANKATO, Minn. – MnDOT warns the public, particularly snowmobilers, that the construction of the Highway 14/15 Minnesota River Bridge in New Ulm will result in open water on the river throughout the winter.
MnDOT will place buoys to mark the area to keep sportsmen away from the equipment and the open water that allows work to continue over the winter.
The construction crew has an aeriation system to keep the river from freezing allowing them to move forward with construction of all the piers. This will allow crews to catch up on the Minnesota River Bridge which was delayed due to river flooding this past construction season. Work will continue on the new Highway 14/15 interchange bridge as well.
MnDOT reminds the public that the New Ulm Gateway project is a two-year project and that the current detour using Nicollet County Road 37/20th Street South will remain in place over the winter.
A new detour will be necessary in the spring of 2019 to complete the Highway 14/15 interchange. The proposed detour of Nicollet County Road 5 (Fort Road) and Nicollet County Road 12 has been modified to include a segment of Nicollet County Road 21 between Nicollet and Courtland due to the flooding on County Road 12 north of Highway 14.
For more information including a project web camera, visit mndot.gov/newulm.
The Highway 14/15 New Ulm Gateway project addresses intersection safety, aging bridges, poor pavement conditions and occasional road flooding around New Ulm. Construction began in 2017, with the majority of the work and detours taking place in 2018 and 2019.
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit 511mn.org.