Here’s an update from the Minnesota Department of Transportation on the Highway 14 expansion project from Owatonna to Dodge Center:
Construction crews have been making steady progress on the Highway 14 expansion project in Dodge and Steele counties.
On Thursday, July 30, crews are expected to pour concrete for the bridge deck for the Dodge County Road 1 overpass bridge that will span the next portion of Hwy 14 south of Claremont.
The bridge deck pour is another step in the schedule. Crews hope to have the overpass bridge open on Dodge CR 1 around Labor Day, weather permitting. Once the bridge is opened and traffic resumes on Dodge CR 1, traffic will be closed on Dodge County Road 3 and Steele County Road 16.
Meanwhile, grading work has been ongoing in the new road bed for Hwy 14 in Dodge County. Crews are progressing and have begun work in Steele County. As the work continues to progress west toward Owatonna, It’s likely that motorists along the current Hwy 14 route will be able to see some of the equipment and work.
- August 2020
- Continued grading on Hwy 14 mainline
- Begin grading on 28th Street extension and reconstruction
- September 2020
- Dodge County Road 1 overpass bridge open
- Steele County Road 16 closure for bridge construction
- Dodge County Road 3 closure for bridge and interchange construction
- October 2020
- 28th Street extension and reconstruction completed
- Closure of 28th Street and 74th Avenue access to existing Hwy 14
- Begin grading on Hwy 56 connection
- November 2020
- Grading work until ground freezes
- Set beams for Dodge County Road 3 bridge
- Set beams for Steele County Road 16 bridge
- December 2020 – April 2021
- Hwy 56 interchange bridge and CP Rail bridge construction
Following guidance from state and federal health officials, and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, crews will maintain social distancing practices while working.
MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.