Weather permitting, Highway 14 motorists from Nicollet to North Mankato are advised to prepare for a three-month detour beginning Monday, July 25.
MnDOT, MANKATO—Weather permitting, Highway 14 motorists from Nicollet to North Mankato are advised to prepare for a three-month detour beginning Monday, July 25 to build the connections between existing Highway 14 and the new alignment to the south of Nicollet.
The Highway 14 detour consists of Nicollet County Roads 25 and 23. Motorists can expect added stops at county road intersections. As with any changes in routes and travel conditions, motorists are advised to use added caution, slow down and put down the phone. Highway 68 is an alternate route.
Highway 111/County Road 23 (south of the new interchange) will be detoured to County Roads 25, 17 and Highway 99.
The duration of the Highway 14 detour has been increased from two months to three months to assist construction that has been slowed by numerous rains.
This is the second year of construction on the expansion project. This year work includes installing granular and aggregate bases, then concrete paving, striping, signing, and erosion control. The bridge for the new interchange was completed ahead of schedule, but rain after rain has slowed the earthwork by several weeks.
The project, which includes building 6.5 miles of two additional lanes north of existing Highway 14 and a 2.5 mile four-lane southern bypass of Nicollet with an interchange for Highway 111/CR 23 is scheduled to be complete by November. Mathiowetz Construction Company of Sleepy Eye is the contractor on the $32 million Corridors of Commerce project.
A detour map and information about Highway 14 can be found at www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/14newulmtonmankato/ as well a way to get e-mail updates as the project progresses.