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Small segment of Highway 14 opens to traffic
MANKATO, Minn. – The Highway 14 detour in North Mankato will be shortened late Wednesday, Aug. 1, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The new Highway 14 detour still includes Nicollet County Road 13, and some of County Road 6; however, County Road 77 is no longer part of the detour as a short segment of Highway 14 on the west end of the project will be open to traffic. The remaining modified detour will be in place until fall. No detour is expected in 2013.
Motorists are encouraged to continue to find alternate routes if possible. Local traffic should consider using LorRay Drive as an alternative. Caution should be used on the detour route as it includes stop conditions.
The two-year Highway 14 project in North Mankato is being built in phases. The 2012 construction project includes:
· Constructing embankment for bridge and ramps at County Road 41 interchange
· Constructing ditches, ponds, drainage structures
· Grading westbound Highway 14
· Grading and paving eastbound Highway 14 lanes
· Grading, paving and completing the roundabout at County Road 6, Pleasant View Drive and County Road 41
Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye is the prime contractor for the first project. Maps and more information about the bids for 2013 construction can be found atwww.dot.state.mn.us/d7/
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