Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 14

New Ulm, Courtland, Nicollet, North Mankato

New Ulm to North Mankato Corridor

  • A preferred route has been selected and the final environmental document is complete
  • Four-lane expansion of 22.5 miles from New Ulm to North Mankato
    • Project segments include (west to east):
      • New Ulm Gateway
      • New Ulm to Nicollet (including Courtland)
      • Nicollet to North Mankato

New Ulm to Nicollet

(currently in design)

The 12.5-mile segment of Hwy 14 from New Ulm to Nicollet was included in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) completed in 2011 and preliminary design is nearly complete. MnDOT is currently in the process of right-of-way acquisition. Construction of the four-lane expansion of Hwy 14 with a Courtland bypass is scheduled for construction in 2022-23.

Summary of work

    • Construct a four-lane divided highway to separate opposing vehicles
    • Bypass the city of Courtland
    • Construct grade-separated interchanges at Nicollet County Road 37 and on the Courland by pass for CR 12 and CR 24 (including bridges at each location)
    • Construction Restricted Crossing U-Turns (RCUTs) at higher risk at-grade intersections, including:
      • New Ulm Quartzite Quarries
      • Jeremy Drive/Kohn Drive (residential neighborhood)
      • Minnesota Valley Lutheran School
    • Replace three box culverts
    • Provide right turn lanes at all public roads
    • Provide left turn lanes at all median crossings
    • Realign intersecting roadway to square them to Hwy 14
    • Construct 12’ lanes and 8’ paved shoulders to allow farm machinery a full 20’ of width without encroaching on the inside lanes
    • Install snow fence at key locations to prevent excessive blowing and drifting snow
    • Install lighting at county road intersections
    • Reconstruct two-lane on existing alignment between Hwy 15 and CR 37
    • Preliminary design layout

Project schedule

    • Municipal consent from Courtland - Summer/Fall 2020
    • Identify needs for land acquisition - Late Spring/Early Summer 2020
    • Final design complete - Fall 2021
    • Project letting - Winter of 2021-22
    • Construction - Spring 2022 - Fall 2023

New Ulm Gateway

(completed in 2019, only minor aesthetics and landscaping remain for 2020 construction)

Construction from the Broadway signal to Hwy 14/15/CR 21 Y intersection in New Ulm began in Fall 2017 with the majority of work done in 2018-19. Landscaping and aesthetics are scheduled to be complete in Spring 2020.

Nicollet to North Mankato

(completed in 2016)

The Nicollet to North Mankato four-lane expansion project advanced from 2017-18 to 2015-16 due to Corridors of Commerce funding and included a 2.5-mile bypass of Nicollet. It also included grading and paving 6.5 miles of additional two lanes to the north of the existing Hwy 14, and 2.5 miles of four-lane bypass on new alignment south of Nicollet. This section opened to traffic on Nov. 11, 2016.

Related projects

Hwy 14 between Owatonna and Dodge Center
Detailed Hwy 14 New Ulm to Rochester corridor map