NEW ULM - The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) District 7 office received Monday the presumed final bid on the initial safety improvements for Highway 14 between North Mankato and Nicollet, setting the construction start date for mid- to late September. The safety improvements is the first step in MnDOT's plans to expand that segment of the two-lane highway into the safer four-lane highway by 2018.
The presumed final bid came in from Central Specialties, Inc. at $2.5 million for bituminous surfacing, channelization and striping. The initial estimates for the project was $1.5 million to $2 million.
The project will involve resurfacing and reshaping the existing two-lane segment of Highway 14 to create a buffer zone between the two lanes to prevent the head-on collisions. New layout will have an 8-foot median buffer with tube delineator to prevent vehicle from crossing lanes. The lanes on each side will be 11-feet with 7-foot paved shoulders and another foot and a half of gravel shoulder. The design will prevent any kind of passing on the segment between North Mankato to Nicollet, though it will allow spaces for both lanes to exit on to intersecting roads.
The project is scheduled to begin by at least late September, with the project finishing by the end of October.
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