Dodge County Road H closure near Hwy 14 underpass begins June 4 west of Dodge Center
DODGE CENTER, Minn. – Motorists who use Dodge County Road H between Dodge County Road 5 and Dodge Center will need to seek alternate routes beginning June 4 when the road is closed, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The closure of the road near the underpass of existing Hwy 14 will be permanent on the west side of the underpass and the road will be changed into a cul-de-sac. On the east side of the underpass, the road closure will be a year-long and eventually redirect the road to connect with the old portion of Hwy 14 once the new route is completed.
The Hwy 14 expansion project is building a new four-lane road between Owatonna and Dodge Center. The work is necessary for the new road to be prepared to tie into the existing four-lane road west of Dodge Center.
Overall, the project is expanding 12.5 miles of Hwy 14 from two lanes to four lanes between Dodge Center and Owatonna to complete a continuous four-lane road between New Ulm and Rochester. The expansion area is a new route for Hwy 14, which will stay south of the railroad tracks on the west side of the project, travel south of Claremont and connect with the four-lane highway west of Dodge Center.
Shafer Contracting of Shafer, Minn., is the prime contractor for the $107,997,119 construction project. Traffic is expected to be on the new route in fall of 2021 with additional work planned for 2022 to complete the project.