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Nov. 3, 2021

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Hwy 14 project ribbon cutting ceremony set for Nov. 9 at Dodge County Rd 3 south of Claremont

CLAREMONT, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced that the public celebration event for the Hwy 14 expansion project will be on the highway at the Dodge County Rd 3 interchange on Tuesday, Nov. 9 to mark the opening of traffic on the new Hwy 14 route between Dodge Center and Owatonna.

The Hwy 14 expansion project celebration will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9 south of Claremont. Traffic is expected to transition onto the new highway after the ceremony and later in the day.

Directions to site

  • Hwy 14 to Claremont
    • From the west (Owatonna) turn right (south) at Dodge County Road 1 (West Street). Al-Corn Ethanol Plant will be on your right.
      • Follow Dodge County Road 1 (West Street) south to West Front Street in Claremont. Turn left (east). Follow road through Claremont approximately 2 miles to where Dodge County Road 3 turns right (south).
    • From the east (Dodge Center/Rochester) turn left (south) at Dodge County Road 1 (West Street). Al-Corn Ethanol Plant is at this corner.
    • Follow Dodge County Road 1 (West Street) south to West Front Street in Claremont. Turn left (east). Follow road through Claremont approximately 2 miles where Dodge County Road 3 turns right (south).
    • You’ll stop at railroads tracks and then proceed to the Hwy 14 interchange.
  • Travel across the interchange and use the roundabout on the south side to return across the bridge where you will be directed down the Hwy 14 westbound off-ramp.
  • Parking will be on the westbound lanes at the shoulders and on the off-ramp
  • After the event, traffic will be directed westbound to the adjacent on-ramp, where traffic will go up the ramp. Westbound lanes will not be open at that time.

A program of speakers will provide remarks and the Triton High School Band will play the national anthem to start the ceremony. A ceremonial ribbon cutting is planned after the event.

Motorists are reminded that construction work continues at the site as crews prepare to open the road to traffic. There is additional work that will take place on the project site to complete the project in spring-summer of 2022.

Current detours

  • Trucks and buses on Hwy 14 that are required to stop for at-grade railroad crossings should follow detour signs to avoid the rail cross near Steele County Road 180, because no pullover lane is available. Trucks will utilize County Road 180 and Steele County Road 43 in each direction
  • The detour will be in place until the new Hwy 14 route opens for traffic

Safety

Motorists may encounter lane closures or lane shifts, uneven road surfaces, equipment and other unexpected obstacles when driving near or through work zones. MnDOT advises motorists to: 

  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times
  • Go hands-free and minimize other distractions (e.g., don’t eat or drink while driving)
  • Follow posted speed limits; the fine for speeding in a work zone is $300
  • Avoid making lane changes within work zones

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