Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Sept. 21, 2018

MnDOT invites public to open house at new facility in Courtland on Oct. 2

MANKATO, Minn. – A new highway maintenance facility, designed for service now and into the future, is the site of an open house located along Highway 14 at the west edge of Courtland.  Everyone is welcome to stop by between 4 and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2.

The $3.5 million truck station replaces an outdated truck station that was located at the Highway 14/15 intersection and is now the site of a new interchange under construction. 

The station will presently house four snowplows and five drivers to service Highway 15 from Madelia to Winthrop, Highway 14 from Sleepy Eye to North Mankato and Highway 257. The facility can also accommodate another plow truck if necessary.  In addition, five Minnesota State Troopers office out of the facility. 

Officials at the Minnesota Department of Transportation and State Patrol encourage the public to come and:

  • See first-hand the technology in a new snowplow truck
  • Talk to snowplow drivers about their jobs and winter safe driving
  • Tour the facility
  • Get updated on Highway 14 construction in New Ulm
  • Learn about future plans for Highway 14 from New Ulm to Nicollet
  • Find out what it takes to get a job at MnDOT
  • Visit with State Patrol about traffic safety and Toward Zero Deaths
  • Enjoy refreshments with the staff

There are numerous other areas of the facility for salt and sand storage, brine storage, fuel management and vehicle washing on a nine-acre site.  The energy-efficient facility was designed by Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) of Rochester and constructed by RAM General Contracting, Inc. of Winstead.

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