Motorists traveling Hwy 14 between New Ulm to Nicollet can expect a detour beginning Monday, April 11, weather permitting, as crews begin construction on the 12.5-mile corridor. The detour will remain in place until the completion of the project in October 2023. Through traffic will be detoured onto Highways 15, 68 and 169 for the duration of the project. Detour routes and access points for local traffic are expected to change throughout different stages of construction. Detour maps can be found online of the four-lane expansion of Hwy 14 with a Courtland bypass will be constructed in 2022-23.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will be reconstructing Hwy 14 from New Ulm to Nicollet between 2022-2023 to improve safety and travel for this important freight and trade corridor. Overall, the project is expanding 12.5 miles of Hwy 14 from two lanes to four lanes between New Ulm and Nicollet to complete a continuous four-lane road between New Ulm and Rochester. Improvements will include:
Converting the existing two-lane highway to a four-lane divided highway
Bypassing Courtland by realigning Hwy 14 north of the city
Constructing new interchanges in Courtland and at Co. Rd. 37 in New Ulm
Constructing safer intersections at New Ulm Quartzite Quarries and Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School
Adding turn lanes
Installing snow fence between Courtland and Nicollet to prevent excessive blowing and drifting snow
Hoffman Construction was awarded the project with a bid of $83,539,141.56.