About this project
The new Hwy 14 route opened to traffic on Nov. 9, 2021.
On Oct. 18, Steele County Road 16, west of Claremont, re-opened. Access to SE 64th Ave. closed permanently. The new access route is from SE 44th Ave. (Steele County Road 43) to SE 28th St., which intersects with SE 64th Ave.
The remaining construction is scheduled to be completed in 2022.
Summary of work
The project expands 12.5 miles of Hwy 14 from two lanes to four lanes between Dodge Center and Owatonna to complete a continuous four-lane road between Mankato and Rochester. The project improves the capacity, safety, travel times and access between Rochester and Owatonna, as well as the I-35 corridor. The expansion area is a new route for Hwy 14, which stays south of the railroad tracks on the west side of the project, travels south of Claremont and connects where the four-lane highway is west of Dodge Center.
Shafer Contracting of Shafer, Minn., is the prime contractor for the $107,997,119 construction project.