A detour will be put into place beginning today (MON) for motorists using the Highway 258 bridge over the Little Cottonwood River between Highway 14 and Comfrey. The $1.5-million dollar project involves the construction of a new 3-span concrete girder bridge on Highway 258 as well as a southbound turn lane at 200th Street for trucks entering the elevator facility. Traffic will detour on Brown County Road 24, County Road 5 in Springfield, and Highway 14 until early September, weather permitting. The contractor for the project is the Robert R. Schroeder Construction Company of Glenwood.
The expansion of a 2-mile stretch of Highway 14 in North Mankato begins this week. The major project includes the construction of a new interchange just west of North Mankato as well as the 4-lane expansion of 2 additional miles. Workers will be preparing the roadway for the project beginning this Tuesday, with the initial preparation including widening the intersection at Nicollet County Roads 6 and 77 and striping for a detour that is anticipated after Memorial Day. The project is being built in 2 phases. Work this year includes constructing an embankment at County Road 41, constructing drainage ditches and ponds, grading westbound Highway 14, grading and paving the eastbound lanes, and completing roundabouts at County Roads 6 and 41 and Pleasant View Drive. Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye is the prime contractor on the $8.5 million dollar project, which is slated for completion in November of 2013.