Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 14 Intersection Safety Improvement

Rochester to Byron

Update

Construction was to begin in August of 2022 but will not move forward as planned.

Because of inflation, the project costs were higher than expected. MnDOT needed a second approval from the Rochester Olmsted Council of Governments (ROCOG). MnDOT and ROCOG work together to make decisions about transportation connectivity in the area. While MnDOT recommended the intersection changes, ROCOG voted not to approve the project. This decision stops construction.

MnDOT will continue with the high-tension cable median barrier. But the intersection safety improvements planned at Olmsted Co. Rd. 44, Olmsted Co. Rd. 3, 7th St. NW and Country Club Rd. will not happen at this time.

From 2017 to 2021, there have been a total of three fatal crashes and 21 crashes that resulted in injury at both Co. Rd. 44 and Co. Rd. 3. Many can agree that changes need to occur at these intersections sooner than later.

MnDOT will continue to evaluate the other options, including closing the medians. Discussions are already underway. Expect future updates through the project email/text updates.

People with questions should contact Mike Dougherty.

Future of Hwy 14 and Olmsted Co. Rd. 44

Currently, MnDOT and Olmsted County are partnering on the design of an interchange at Hwy 14 and Co. Rd. 44 and local system roadway improvements. But there are no funds available to build the project, estimated to be $40-50 million.

Project funding for construction could be secured in several ways:

Apply for Corridors of Commerce funding

  • The Hwy 14 expansion project from Owatonna to Dodge Center was funded in this way
  • The project would compete with others across the state
  • If selected, it would take an additional year to let the contract, then two more to construct

Apply for funding through the federal Infrastructures Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)

  • The project would compete with others across the country
  • If selected, it would take an additional year to let the contract, then two more to construct

MnDOT will continue to collaborate with our partners at Olmsted County on funding options for a future interchange and interim safety measures.

About this project

Map of Hwy 14 Intersection Improvement project
Hwy 14 project map

MnDOT has proposed construction of safety improvements at Olmsted Co. Rd. 3, Olmsted Co. Rd. 44 and 7th St. Construction was scheduled for August to October 2022:

  • Installation of a Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI) at the intersection with Olmsted Co. Rd. 3
  • Closure of the median at Olmsted Co. Rd 44 with a median U-turn for eastbound Hwy 14 traffic to reach CR 44 north or travel west on Hwy 14
  • Closure of the median at 7th St. NW intersection median. Traffic movements will be restricted to turning right-in or right-out only

Traffic impacts

MnDOT will continue to evaluate the other options. Traffic impacts will be unknown until a new option is chosen. Expect future updates through the project email/text updates.