Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 5, 2014

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Resurfacing of Hwy 14 from west of Florence to Tracy begins May 12

Flood mitigation west of Florence requires road closure and detour   

WILLMAR, Minn. –Motorists traveling on Hwy 14 between Florence and Tracy will encounter a detour beginning Monday, May 12, to allow crews to mitigate flooding west of Florence and resurface 23 miles of road. 

Two projects will be constructed under one contract to help minimize the impact on local businesses and motorists.  The Hwy 14, Florence to Tracy resurfacing project includes 22 miles of road resurfacing, 1.5miles of road reconstruction near Florence and Hwy 14 bridge repair in Florence and Balaton.  In addition, improvements in American Disability Act (ADA) will be made in Tracy.   Traffic will be detoured for apportion of the work.  Remaining work will be conducted under traffic with flaggers and pilot cars providing traffic control. 

On Hwy 14 west of Florence flood mitigation work will require the old road surface will be removed and a large volume of dirt (surcharge) will be placed over the old road.  The surcharge will then be left in place for 100 days to allow for settlement.  No work will be done during the settlement process.   The new road will be built at a higher elevation to mitigate spring flooding.   

Bridge resurfacing will be conducted on Hwy 14 in Florence and Balaton as well as replacing the sidewalk curb ramps in Tracy to meet ADA compliance. 

For detailed project information and to view the detour maps visit the project website at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d8/projects/hwy14florence/

With this project, MnDOT is working to enhance an efficient and effective transportation system and ensure that the transportation system with continue to serve the state for many years.      

McLaughlin & Schulz, Inc. of Marshall, MN is the prime contractor for the $5.2M project.  The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-November, weather permitting.

MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution in a work zone and reminds them never to enter a roadway that has been blocked with barricades or cones. 

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