Hwy 14 Nicollet to N. Mankato project closing in on finish
Majority of paving complete
MANKATO, Minn. – The past stretch of dry weather resulted in significant progress on the Highway 14 Nicollet to North Mankato project to the point where MnDOT can assure the public that it will open this fall.
MnDOT reports that the majority of concrete paving is done and that the asphalt paving is close to complete.
Today’s sunshine is allowing the workers to finish curb, gutter and sidewalk on Highway 111 at the new interchange with Highway 14. Asphalt paving is nearly complete on the shoulders and the crews will move to adjacent entrances.
This recent rain slowed some activities including turf establishment and the crews are still fighting some drainage issues. Other remaining activities include striping, signing and pond work.
The Highway 14 detour will remain in place into 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.
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.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/14newulmtonmankato/ as well a way to get e-mail updates as the project progresses.
For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org