MnDOT gives Highway 14 project update

OWATONNA, Minn. – U.S. Highway 14 is a heavily traveled roadway going west from Rochester, but much of it is still only two lanes.

For years, MnDOT has been working to expand the highway between Owatonna and Dodge Center.

Currently, construction is taking place on a two-mile stretch east of Owatonna. There is 13 miles of highway that needs to be expanded before it is entirely four lanes.

MnDOT officials held a town hall meeting Tuesday to update people on how things are going to get to that point.

“We just want to let people know that we’re not forgetting about the rest of it. We’re moving forward, because we really want to see this four-lane connection happen. It’s a priority for us,” said Highway 14 Project Manager, Heather Lukes.

Although there is no funding for construction yet, MnDOT officials are still planning work for the rest of the two-lane stretch.

“We want to let people know that we’re doing what we can to make Highway 14 more construction ready, if more legislative funding would become available,” Lukes said.

MnDOT did secure about $1.5 million this summer as part of the Corridors of Commerce funding. It will be used to purchase more land for the project. Lukes said  while those dollars helped, it will not be enough to get all of the land needed.

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