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Oct. 5, 2012

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Hwy 14 safety project begins Oct. 8
Project aims to reduce head-on crashes, will eliminate passing

 

MANKATO, Minn. – Motorists can expect delays on Hwy 14 from Nicollet to North Mankato, as construction begins Monday, Oct. 8, on an interim safety project to reduce head-on crashes.

 

Motorists should travel with caution and watch for flagging operations during construction.

 

The project will restripe the road surface and includes an eight-foot median with tube delineators that will make motorists more aware of the center of the roadway. Rumble strips will be placed on both the outside shoulder and the inside median to further alert drivers. 

 

The added buffer zone will result in no passing on the six-mile segment, but full access will remain at all existing entrances and crossroads. The project is expected to be complete in November.

 

Central Specialties of Alexandria is the contractor on the $2.5 million project.

 

A road safety audit determined that head-on crashes on Hwy 14 from Nicollet to North Mankato are three times the state average for a similar roadway. It also reported that many motorists were driving well above the speed limit and were not buckled up. Extra enforcement by State Patrol has been part of the strategy to immediately improve safety on the corridor. The next step is to expand Hwy 14 to four lanes from Nicollet to North Mankato in 2017-18, as announced by Governor Mark Dayton in June.

 

For more information on Hwy 14 plans, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/14newulmtonmankato/.

 

 

 

 

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