MnDOT to finish Highway 14 project between Mankato and North Mankato next week

By |2018-09-20T15:00:59-05:00September 20th, 2018|

MnDOT is preparing for a weeks worth of finishing work on Highway 14 between Mankato and North Mankato starting on Monday. While most of the work is nearly complete on the stretch of Highway 14 between Lookout Drive and Highway 22, additional work to repair the shoulders will take place Tuesday through Thursday, according to Public Affairs Coordinator Rebecca Arndt. "We actually made a change in the contract, we think it will help with water ponding in the area. So, we're gonna kind of shave those down. So just a lane restriction, they'll still be able to get through. On Thursday [...]

MnDOT installs temporary stoplights on HWY 30 due to flooding of Cobb River

By |2018-09-06T16:55:07-05:00September 6th, 2018|

Traffic is stop and go on Highway 30, east of Blue Earth County Road 14 as flood waters approach one lane of the two-lane highway. MnDOT reports that crews installed temporary stoplights on Thursday to guide motorists through the area. The restrictions will remain in place until the water subsides. Officials say the flooding appears to be caused by backwaters from the Cobb River ponding on the south side of Highway 30, four miles north of Minnesota Lake.

Plan aims to invest $34M in Mankato Airport over next 10 years, 2nd busiest airport in Minnesota

By |2018-08-29T12:40:50-05:00August 29th, 2018|

Minnesota's second busiest airport is slated to see 34-million dollars in repairs and improvements over the next 10 years. Organizers held an open house on Tuesday at the Mankato Regional Airport to discuss a Master Plan that will layout the next 20 years for the airport. TKDA Aviation Planning Group Manager Marcus Watson says part of the City's plan is to maintain current assets. "And looking at ways to maximize funding opportunities from Federal Aviation Administration, MnDOT Office of Aeronautics and then leveraging matching dollars from the City of Mankato to maintain the infrastructure that's here now. Other improvements that we're looking [...]

$5.8M Highway 109 project from Wells to Alden to wrap-up on Friday

By |2018-08-27T14:01:11-05:00August 27th, 2018|

Highway 109 from Wells to Alden will open back up to motorists on Friday, according to MnDOT. The ten-mile segment of road has been under construction since early May, with a detour using Highway 22. Work on the 5.8-million dollar project included resurfacing, replacing more than 20 culverts, reconstruction of pedestrian ramps and utility work in Wells and Alden.  While the detour will be removed on Friday, motorists are advised to use caution as workers complete the project. For the latest on roads, head to

HWY 99 Minnesota River Bridge restoration complete, one of 24 bridge around state to see preservation

By |2018-08-23T16:02:25-05:00August 23rd, 2018|

The restoration of a historic gateway into the west part of Saint Peter is finalized as the community and MnDOT held a ceremony on Tuesday to mark the completion of the Highway 99 Minnesota River Bridge. "You know there's only about 200 bridges left in our system that are pre-1956. This is one of 24 bridges in the state that has been selected for preservation," said District 7 Engineer Greg Ous. "To be able to take that type of project on, it's different, it's new for us. It's not just run of the mill, the work that we do all the [...]

North Kato to contribute up to $85,000 towards HWY 169 levee project

By |2018-08-07T14:20:10-05:00August 7th, 2018|

North Mankato will contribute up to 85-thousand dollars towards the Highway 169 levee project to raise the roadway above FEMA standards near the Highway 14 interchange. Earlier this year the City of Mankato committed 1.6-million dollars to the approximately 3.3-million dollar project and the legislature kicked in 830-thousand dollars during the session. MnDOT has committed to picking up the other half of the bill. North Mankato City Administrator John Harrenstein. City Administrator John Harrenstein says while there wasn't a legal obligation for North Mankato to participate in the project, the City Council opted to anyway. "Despite the fact that [...]

$27.5M HWY 60 project to start on Monday in Watonwan County

By |2018-07-30T06:16:33-05:00July 30th, 2018|

Construction crews kick-off the 27.5-million dollar project on Monday to reconstruct thirteen miles of Highway 60 in Watonwan County. The westbound ramps at the intersection of Highway 60 and County Road 12 will be closed and will reopen on August 10. The eastbound ramps will close on August 1 and reopen to traffic in November. The eastbound ramps on Highway 60 at the Highway 4 and County Road 57 intersections will also close on Wednesday and reopen in November. Highway 60 traffic will also move from the current four-lane divided highway to a single-lane, head-to-head configuration in the westbound lanes beginning [...]

MnDOT to begin work on Monday in preparation for HWY 169 levee project

By |2018-07-18T16:22:16-05:00July 18th, 2018|

Work begins Monday on the first phase of construction in preparation for the Highway 169 levee project, which will start in late August. The Highway 169 at Highway 14 crossover will see an overhaul of the roadway with new resurfacing of the pavement and lane modifications to accommodate traffic during the levee project. MnDOT District 7 Construction Project Engineer Dan Swanson says due to phasing, the crossover project had to be done separate from construction of the levee. "It'll be just one phase for this. It will be inside lane closures on 169, just north of the Highway 14 interchange. Then [...]

Highway 4 north of Sherburn reopened on Tuesday following flooding

By |2018-07-17T13:35:51-05:00July 17th, 2018|

After nearly four weeks of full or partial closures, both lanes of traffic on Highway 4 north of Sherburn have been reopened. MnDOT closed the road along the Fox Lake Refuge on June 23 due to flooding and opened a single lane of traffic on July 6 after crews installed retaining floodwalls. Officials are reducing the speed limit along the segment of road and advisory speed signs are posted along Highway 4 near 140th Street. Photo courtesy of MnDOT District 7.

Highway 19 to Henderson reopened following flooding

By |2018-07-16T15:24:32-05:00July 16th, 2018|

MnDOT has reopened Highway 19 from Highway 169 to Henderson following flooding of the Minnesota River. The stretch of road had been closed since June 23 due to flooding. Once the waters receded, crews repaired the shoulder and in-slope due to erosion. To minimize damage to the roadbed, MnDOT has placed a 7-ton axle weight restriction on the stretch of Highway 19. For the latest on road conditions, head to

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