MnDOT hosts open house on Hwy 14 New Ulm project aesthetics March 31
Construction set for 2017-18
MANKATO, Minn. — Anyone interested in an update on the Highway 14 project in New Ulm, and in particular the aesthetic treatments around the new bridges, is encouraged to attend an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 at the Community Center, 600 N. German Street.
The committee reviewing the designs is anxious to get local input into the decisions. There are three concepts under consideration with various features including lighting, railings, bridge treatments, and landscaping. The members are also looking for feedback on how much of an investment to make and the priorities of the community. In addition, an environmental impacts update will be provided for comment.
This meeting’s format will be an open house with no formal presentation. Everyone is welcome to come when it is convenient and view the various stations that will provide information on the project history, roadway and bridge designs, environmental, and the many aesthetic features that are currently under consideration. MnDOT will be asking specific questions on aesthetic treatments and will be collecting feedback which will be used to guide design decisions. Staff working on the project will be present to answer your questions.
The project, which is scheduled to begin in 2017 includes:
- Two-lane bridge over the Minnesota River with a substructure that can be expanded to four lanes
- Two-lane bridge over Front Street designed for four lane expansion adjacent to the structure
- An interchange at the intersection of Highways 14 and 15 and Nicollet County Road 21 (Y intersection)
- Roundabout at the Highway 14 and Front Street intersection
- Reconstruction of Highway 14 between Broadway and Front Street
Highway 14 project designs for the New Ulm area can be found at mndot.gov/d7/projects/14newulmtonmankato/.
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