Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 14 resurfacing

East Rochester to west of Chester

About this project

Summary of work

Hwy 14 construction project map
Hwy 14 construction project map

The eastbound and westbound lanes of Hwy 14 will be resurfaced from the east side of Rochester to Chester. The project, which is scheduled from September to October 2022, is from Marion Rd. SE in Rochester to 0.2 miles east of Olmsted Co. Rd. 19 in Chester.

Pavement will be removed and replaced with a new layer of asphalt to restore the life of the aging road, which hasn’t been upgraded in more than 20 years. Hwy 14 is an important thoroughfare through Rochester, as more than 24,000 drivers and transit users rely on it for commerce and travel to and from work, school and home each day.

During the mill and overlay process, MnDOT will remove (or mill) a 1.5-inch layer of pavement from the road and then repave it (or overlay) with a new, three-inch layer of asphalt. This process will provide a smoother road surface for motorists and restore the life of the aging highway. Pavement markings will also be updated, improving safety for both pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

This project will require occasional lane closures.

Proposed work

  • Resurface a five-mile stretch of Hwy 14 from Marion Rd. SE (Olmsted Co. Rd. 36) in Rochester to 0.2 miles east of Co. Rd. 19 in Chester
  • Reconstruct pedestrian ramps at crosswalks to meet current accessibility standards
  • Update traffic signals to ensure pedestrian safety and accessibility
  • Update pavement markings to improve safety for both pedestrians and motorists

Traffic impacts

Lane closures will occur as part of this project. Most of this stretch of Hwy 14 has four lanes, but it narrows to two lanes east of Rochester. During construction in the four-lane portion, one lane of traffic will remain open in each direction. Short-term traffic delays may occur when flaggers are ┬ápresent at the two-lane portion of the highway during paving operations, stopping traffic in one direction to allow the other direction to pass through.