Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

April 30, 2019

MnDOT encourages local use of official Hwy14/15 detour at New Ulm

Gravel township roads are being damaged

MANKATO, Minn. – New Ulm area residents and commuters are strongly encouraged to use the official detour for Highway 14/15 at New Ulm as local township roads are being damaged with the added traffic.

MnDOT has been working with Nicollet County and Lafayette Township by placing “Road Closed to Through Traffic” signs and barriers on the impacted gravel roads on their behalf. Township Road 147 (577th Ave) is of particular concern. The road is gravel and not designed or built to handle heavy highway traffic. MnDOT will be moving the barricades north of the access to Township Road 147 on Highway 15 to discourage drivers that do not reside along the road or have business there.

The detour allows construction crews on the New Ulm Gateway project to tackle the completion of the new Highway 14/15 interchange as well as the Minnesota River Bridge. MnDOT officials fully realize that any detour causes significant inconvenience to travelers, but that they are necessary for the completion of this project.
The detour consists of Nicollet County Road 5 (Fort Road) and Nicollet County Road 12 and Nicollet County Road 21 between Nicollet and Courtland due to the flooding on County Road 12 north of Highway 14.

The Highway 14/15 New Ulm Gateway project addresses intersection safety, aging bridges, poor pavement conditions and occasional road flooding around New Ulm. Construction began in 2017, with the majority of the work and detours taking place in 2018 and 2019. More information can be found at mndot.gov/newulm.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit 511mn.org