Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 6, 2019

Open house set for March 19 in Owatonna to update public on Hwy 14 project

OWATONNA, Minn. – The public is invited to attend an open house on Tuesday, March 19 in Owatonna to learn more about the Highway 14 expansion project between Owatonna and Dodge Center, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Representatives of MnDOT will be available to answer questions and provide information from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., March 19 at the MnDOT Owatonna construction office at 1010 21st Ave. NW. People may drop by at any time during the session to learn more about the project, offer feedback, and ask questions. Maps and information will be available. There will be a brief presentation at 6:30 p.m.

The project will expand 12.5 miles of Highway 14 between Owatonna and Dodge Center from two lanes to four lanes. The new route will be located south of the current two-lane portion and would make Highway 14 a four-lane highway from Rochester west to Mankato.

Governor Tim Walz signed legislation on Tuesday, March 5 to ensure that MnDOT can access funding to let the contract in August of 2019. Construction will be able to begin later that year, if the contractor chooses. Traffic is expected on the new portion of the road by fall of 2021.

To learn more about the project or sign up for email updates, go to the MnDOT project website at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy14/.

To learn more about MnDOT construction projects and activities in southeastern Minnesota, join its Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast/.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). Alternatively, send an email to janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us.

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.