Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 14

New Ulm, Courtland, Nicollet, North Mankato

Task Force hosts meeting on New Ulm to Nicollet designs

A recently formed Highway 14 New Ulm to Nicollet Task Force is holding an open house on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Courtland Community Center to inform the public on the task force’s challenge to make recommendations for the future of Highway 14.

The Highway 14 task force is charged with providing recommendations to MnDOT District 7 that make the best use of potential transportation funding.  The expansion of Highway 14 from New Ulm to Nicollet is currently unfunded, however, MnDOT is advancing the design and environmental processes to be prepared for potential funding from programs such as the Minnesota legislature’s Corridors of Commerce.

Attendees will be apprised of the process moving forward, guidance on decision making and the potential funding from the Corridors of Commerce.  The task force will be looking for input on needs, issues and opportunities along the corridor to consider.

Gateway New Ulm Project

The Hwy 14/15 New Ulm Gateway project began in the December 2017 with preliminary work and the majority of the work in 2018-19. The project includes work on three bridges, 7th St. street scape, and landscaping. 

Work in 2018 and 2019 results in detours. See maps on the handout to plan ahead.
Handout - Summary with detour map

A construction open house has been set for:
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 5 to 7 p.m. - New Ulm Community Center

The following video highlights the project and detour for 2018.

Specifically, the project includes:

Detours

About this project

Summary of work from New Ulm to North Mankato

New Ulm to Courtland to W. Nicollet (in design)

  • This segment of about 12.5 miles is currently unscheduled/unfunded.
  • A Highway 14 New Ulm to Nicollet Task Force was formed in December 2017 with membership including area business leaders, city and county officials and Minnesota Valley Lutheran School official.
  • The Highway 14 task force is charged with providing recommendations to MnDOT District 7 that make the best use of potential transportation funding. 
  • The expansion of Highway 14 from New Ulm to Nicollet is currently unfunded, however, MnDOT is advancing the design and environmental processes to be prepared for potential funding from programs such as the Minnesota legislature’s Corridors of Commerce.
  • The task force will be looking for input on needs, issues and opportunities along the corridor to consider.

New Ulm Gateway (under construction)

  • MnDOT adopts task force recommendations (Aug. 28, 2015) including:
    • 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 Hwy 14 and Front Street intersection (minus the bypass)
    • Reconstruction of Hwy 14 between Broadway and Front Street
  • New Ulm Task Force made Hwy 14 recommendations to MnDOT - May 18, 2015
  • Design work on Hwy 14/15/CR 21 interchange begins Fall 2015; funded by Corridors of Commerce
  • Broadway signal to Hwy 14/15/CR 21 Y intersection (PDF) in New Ulm begins in fall 2017 with majority of work done in 2018-19

W. Nicollet to North Mankato (complete)

  • The North Mankato to Nicollet project advanced from 2017-18 to 2015-16 due to Corridors of Commerce funding and included a 2.5 mile bypass of Nicollet. 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.

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