Cool temperatures and snowfall have pushed off the start date for construction on the Highway 14/15 New Ulm Gateway project.

The project was slated to kickoff on Tuesday, but MnDOT has decided to begin the project and implement a detour on April 10 at 9 a.m.

Project Manager Todd Kjolstad says once the two-year project is complete there will be a number of new features along the corridor.

“There’s an interpretive site that will be at the brand new bridge at the intersection of 14/15, which will also have a roundabout. Bike paths and walking paths will get people there so they can look at that. Certainly within town there’s an entirely different look as far as planters and a lot of stone work. The bridges will also have a considerable amount of aesthetic features on them as well, lighting. All kinds of different things. It’s gonna look a lot different and we think people are going to be happy when they see the finished product.”

Highway 14/15 from Broadway Street to Nicollet County Road 21, including the bridge over Front Street, will be closed and motorists will be detoured from Highway 14 to Nicollet County Road 37/20th Street South to Broadway Street until October.

“This year primarily what we will be working on and focused on is in the area in town, between Broadway Avenue and the new bridge that we are building at Front Street. Just beyond that we’ll have a roundabout. So, people by the end of October or early November will have access to that. While we will be working on areas between the Highway 14/15 intersection and the river bridge, we’ll also be taking apart the river bridge.”

The 31-million dollar project will also raise Highway 14 and Highway 15 above the 100-year flood elevation.