Hwy 14/15 MN River bridge work continues into December
MANKATO, Minn. — Work continues on the Hwy 14/15 Minnesota River Bridge in New Ulm with a goal to open the bridge to traffic by the end of the year.
The bridge deck is complete as well as railing on the south side and north side of the traffic lanes. The more time-consuming decorative outside pedestrian railing remains. All of the work requires a plastic enclosure to house and heat the concrete. In addition to forming and pouring more railing for the 564 foot-long bridge, the pedestrian railing includes six pedestals with electrical work for lighting that need to be built independently. Two weeks of cure time is also required before the decorative steel railing (similar to the Front Street Bridge) can be installed.
Hwy 14 and 15 travelers heading west into New Ulm are detoured to the 20th Street Bridge.
The new Hwy 14/15 interchange opened on August 19 with the exception of the west leg into New Ulm that required a completed Minnesota River crossing.
Construction on the Minnesota River Bridge experienced after lengthy delays in 2018 and 2019. MnDOT and the various contracting partners are working together in order to complete the river bridge. Finishing work will need to take place in the spring. The original completion of the project was intended to be June 2020.
The Hwy 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. More information and a webcam can be found at mndot.gov/newulm.
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit 511mn.org.