Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 14

New Ulm, Courtland, Nicollet, North Mankato

New Ulm to North Mankato corridor

Hwy 14 project area

Hwy 14 New Ulm to Nicollet project area; View full-size project area map

Courtland construction camera
Watch the construction near Courtland in progress and time-lapse video: View live camera

Hwy 14 from New Ulm to Nicollet opened to traffic Nov. 21 at 5 p.m.


Preferred route

  • A preferred route has been selected and the final environmental document is complete
  • Four-lane expansion of 22.5 miles from New Ulm to North Mankato
    • Project segments include (west to east):
      • New Ulm Gateway
      • New Ulm to Nicollet (including Courtland)
      • Nicollet to North Mankato

New Ulm to Nicollet

Starting construction spring 2022

The 12.5-mile segment of Hwy 14 from New Ulm to Nicollet was included in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) completed in 2011 and design is complete. The four-lane expansion of Hwy 14 with a Courtland bypass will be constructed in 2022-23.

Watch the video to learn more about the four-lane expansion project:

Summary of work

Hwy 60 project
Types of four-lane designs planned for Hwy 14 New Ulm to Nicollet; View full-size design map
  • Preliminary design layout (PDF)
  • Construct a four-lane divided highway from New Ulm (CR 37) to the existing four-lane west of Nicollet
  • Bypass the city of Courtland
  • Construct grade-separated interchanges at New Ulm (CR 37) and at Courtland (on the bypass with an extension of CR 24 and a realignment of CR 12)
  • Construct J-Turns or Green-Ts (acceleration lanes) at higher risk at-grade intersections, including:
    • New Ulm Quartzite Quarries
    • Jeremy Drive/Kohn Drive (residential neighborhood)
    • Minnesota Valley Lutheran School
  • Provide right turn lanes at all public roads
  • Provide left turn lanes at all median crossings
  • Realign intersecting roadways to square them to Hwy 14
  • Install snow fence between Courtland and Nicollet to prevent excessive blowing and drifting snow
  • Reconstruct two-lane on existing alignment between Hwy 15 and CR 37

Project schedule

  • Municipal consent from Courtland - spring 2021
  • Negotiate with landowners for land needed - winter 2020 - summer 2021
  • Final design complete - fall 2021
  • Project letting - winter 2021
  • Construction - spring 2022 - fall 2023

Traffic impacts

Traffic will be detoured in spring 2022 through fall 2023. Detour will remain in place during winter.

Hwy 14 detour and staging areas

Highway 14 detour/staging maps and 2022-2023 winter route access; View full-size detour/staging map

New Ulm Gateway (completed in 2019)

Construction from the Broadway signal to Hwy 14/15/CR 21 Y intersection (PDF) in New Ulm began in Fall 2017 with the majority of work done in 2018-19. Landscaping and aesthetics were completed in Spring 2020.

Nicollet to North Mankato (completed in 2016)

The Nicollet to North Mankato four-lane expansion project advanced from 2017-18 to 2015-16 due to Corridors of Commerce funding and included a 2.5-mile bypass of Nicollet. It also included grading and paving 6.5 miles of additional two lanes to the north of the existing Hwy 14, and 2.5 miles of four-lane bypass on new alignment south of Nicollet. This section opened to traffic on Nov. 11, 2016.

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