Officials are 90-percent of the way through planning and engineering work on an estimated 3.7-million dollar road project in the southeast portion of Blue Earth County.

Construction on County Road 14, between Minnesota Highway 30 and County Road 4, is slated to take place later this year on the 5.3-mile segment of roadway.

Blue Earth County Engineer Ryan Thilges says the improvements will provide a better surface for farm to market traffic.

“We will include replacing all of the center-line pipe and tile crossings. It’ll include widening the shoulders. Regrading the ditches and slopes and then we’re going to recycle the existing bituminous pavement aggregate base. Widen that out to widened road top and we’ll cap that with some additional gravel.”

The County plans to use Transportation Sale Tax money and County State Aid Highway funding to pay for the project.