A pair of bills calling for the four-lane expansion Highway 14 from New Ulm to Mankato are making good progress in the Minnesota House, according to State Representative Paul Torkelson, who is co-authoring both measures. He says the number one reason for pushing for the project’s completion is safety. The first bill appropriates $431-million to acquire land and construct a four-lane Highway 14 from both New Ulm to Mankato and Owatonna to Dodge Center. The second bill orders Mn/DOT to establish a written plan of action for the work, and ensures that the funds will not be diverted to other highway construction projects. A hearing was held in the House Transportation Policy Committee earlier this week, and the House Transportation Finance Committee is holding a hearing on the Highway 14 bills this coming Wednesday.