Mankato, Minn. - Governor Tim Pawlenty and Lt. Governor/Commissioner of Transportation Carol Molnau along with many other state and federal legislators plan to gather in Janesville to celebrate the opening of the four-lane expansion of U.S. Highway 14 from Janesville to Waseca.
The new segment of Highway 14 is expected to open around Labor Day.
The event, hosted by the City of Janesville and Waseca County, takes place at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 8, and includes photo opportunities, remarks and refreshments. The public is invited to attend. The ceremony will take place on the south edge of Janesville at the new Highway 14 interchange with Waseca County Road 3. In case of inclement weather, the gathering will be held at O'Farley's Bar and Grill on Main Street in Janesville.
As one of only 12 large construction projects in the state that met the criteria and was selected under the Pawlenty/Molnau Transportation Finance Package, the Highway 14 Janesville to Waseca expansion project was advanced from construction years 2005 to 2009 to construction in 2004 to 2006.
Work on Highway 14 from Waseca County Road 60 on the west side of Janesville to Waseca County Road 2 on the west edge of Waseca began in July 2004. Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye as the primary contractor. The $34.4 million project included 10 miles of grading, 12 miles of paving and three bridges.
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