Southern Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz joined local lawmakers and business leaders at stops along Highway 14 on Monday to push for the continuing 4-lane expansion of the roadway. Walz spoke in Rochester and Owatonna before a stop at Kohls-Weelborg Chevrolet in New Ulm. The latest push on the highway is to get the Minnesota Department of Transportation to include funding for the expansion of the Nicollet to New Ulm stretch of 14 in its 20-Year Plan. Walz says that the long-term projects list is the best chance of securing federal dollars. Work on the 4-lane expansion of Highway 14 from North Mankato to Nicollet will get underway in 2018 for a cost of around $22-million. The expansion of the stretch from Nicollet to New Ulm is currently not included in Mn/DOT’s 20-Year Plan, but the list is expected to be finalized in the next week or two, so Walz urges local residents to continue to pressure lawmakers on the need to upgrade Highway 14.