The first step in the Highway 14 expansion project between New Ulm and North Mankato will move forward as planned, despite going six million dollars over budget. This stage of the project was supposed to cost $18 million. However, the lowest bid that came in was $24 million.
North Mankato City Administrator Wendell Sunde said that he and Representative Terry Morrow met with Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel and his staff and they have re-committed themselves to moving forward with the project. MnDOT officials are looking for reasons why the initial estimate was so low. Construction is expected to start next spring with the project wrapping up in the fall of 2013.