The 4-lane expansion of Highway 14 will be a topic of discussion in the Minnesota Senate today (WED), with a pair of bills getting a Senate hearing. The first requires Mn/DOT to put the 4-lane expansion of the highway on its 20-year plan. The bill would mandate that the project cannot be delayed, and must remain on the 20-year plan until completed. An accompanying bill would provide over $431-million in funding for the project, including more than $212-million for the New Ulm to North Mankato stretch. Several local-area officials are expected to be on hand for today’s Senate hearing on the issue. Companion bills are working their way through the Minnesota House as well.