An open house next week is intended to gather input for the future of Highway 14.

While the expansion of Highway 14 from New Ulm to Nicollet is currently unfunded, MnDOT’s Rebecca Arndt said the state transportation department is advancing the design and environmental processes to be prepared for possible funding through programs like the Minnesota legislature’s Corridors of Commerce.

“We’re trying to get this project more shaped up, looking at what pieces of it need to take place and we want to move forward with,” Arndt explained.

They’re working with the recently formed Highway 14 New Ulm to Nicollet Task Force, which Arndt said includes, “Business leaders, we’ve got a representative from the school; of course, we’ve got city and county officials. So we can build a road that everybody wants.”

The task force will be providing recommendations to MnDOT District 7 that make the best use of potential transportation funding.

The meeting is on Thursday, February 1st from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Courtland Community Center.