Governor Tim Walz stood alongside a bipartisan group of legislators and community leaders to break ground on a new project to expand 12.5 miles of Highway 14 between New Ulm and Nicollet in southwest Minnesota. This work will complete a continuous four-lane highway between New Ulm and Rochester.

 

Governor Walz’s advocacy in this project spans back to his time in Congress and the death of his neighbor in Mankato.

Targeted improvements along this corridor will include constructing new interchanges in Courtland and Brown County Road 37 in New Ulm, adding turn lanes, improving intersections, and installing snow fence between Courtland and Nicollet to prevent excessive blowing and drifting snow.

 

Hoffman Construction, the prime contractor, was awarded this project with a bid of $83.5 million. The project is scheduled to be complete in fall 2023.

 

Funding for the Highway 14 expansion project was made possible with $48.2 million from a U.S. Department of Transportation Rural Projects Initiative loan (also known as a TIFIA loan). This is the first time Minnesota has used this federal financing. Funding also is provided by a $22 million grant from the U.S. DOT’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program that Governor Walz announced in 2020. Additional sources of funding include contributions from the state trunk highway fund and operating budget, and from Nicollet County.