MnDOT announces modifications for Hwy 14 Extension Project
ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be modifying the proposed design of the intersection at Steele County Road 43, which is part of the Hwy 14 expansion project near Owatonna.
MnDOT has been reviewing comments received from community members and public officials at a recent open house in Owatonna relating to the intersection. A modification to the intersection design will be applied as plans are finalized.
Originally, a reduced conflict intersection had been recommended for Hwy 14 and Steele County Road 43. Instead, an open at-grade intersection with turn lane improvements will be used when the roadway is expanded from two lanes to four lanes on this interregional corridor. The intersection will allow direct north and south travel for County Road 43 traffic across Hwy 14.
MnDOT feels that the modifications address safety concerns for all motorists and the needs of the agricultural community, who drive large equipment through the region.
Safety remains the focal point of the $16.5 million project, which is funded through the state Corridors of Commerce program. The 2.5-mile extension project is scheduled for construction in late summer 2014 east of Owatonna and expected to be completed in fall 2015.