Hwy 14 Expansion Plans 27 Aug 12

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is getting set to begin the initial safety improvements for Highway 14 between North Mankato and Nicollet. The project involves resurfacing and reshaping the existing 2-lane stretch of highway to create a buffer zone between the lanes to prevent head-on collisions. There will be an 8-foot median to prevent vehicles from passing, as well as 7-foot paved shoulders and another foot-and-a-half of gravel shoulder. This is the first phase in expanding the Nicollet to North Mankato stretch of Highway 14 to 4 lanes by the year 2018, and will cost around $2.5-million. Construction is expected to start by mid to late September and be completed by the end of October.