Hwy 14 Nicollet to N. Mankato traffic switch next week
Detour remains in place
MANKATO, Minn. — Highway 14 motorists near the North Mankato end of the construction project to Nicollet will notice some minor traffic switches on about a 2 ½ mile section beginning Monday, Aug. 29.
Westbound Highway 14 will be carried on the new westbound outside lane and eastbound traffic will be carried on the existing Highway 14 outside lane from the east end of the project to Nicollet County Road 25 for work in the median. This traffic change will stay in place until the project is complete in November.
The Highway 14 detour will remain in place until early November and consists of Nicollet County Roads 25 and 23.
Highway 111/County Road 23 (south of the new interchange) also continues to be detoured to County Roads 25, 17 and Highway 99 until paving on the new Highway 111 is complete.
Upcoming work consists of removing the old inside shoulders and finishing the slopes in the median, resurfacing the existing Highway 14 pavement (eastbound traffic will experience brief delays) and concrete paving on Highway 111 and on the new Nicollet bypass section of Highway 14.
“Progress has been slowed by rains, but we have worked with the contractor to make adjustments so they are steadily making progress towards a November completion,” explains Adam Schendel, MnDOT project supervisor.
The project, which includes building 6.5 miles of two additional lanes north of existing Highway 14 and a 2.5 mile four-lane southern bypass of Nicollet with an interchange for Highway 111/CR 23 is scheduled to be complete by November. Mathiowetz Construction Company of Sleepy Eye is the contractor on the $32 million Corridors of Commerce project.
A detour map and information about Highway 14 can be found at www.mndot.gov/d7/projects/14newulmtonmankato/ as well a way to get e-mail updates as the project progresses.
For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org.