Gateway project starts

NEW ULM — Road construction season has begun. The Highway 14/15 Gateway project into New Ulm began Thursday morning.

Construction crews set up barricades blocking traffic on 7th Street North from Broadway to the bridge over the Minnesota River. The crews began working on the bridge over Front Street. The entire project includes work on bridges, 7th Street scape and landscaping. The project will address intersection safety, the aging bridges, pavement conditions and occasional road flooding.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) cost estimate for the project is $35 million. In 2018, the focus will be on Highway 14/15 from Broadway to Country Road (CR) 21, including the bridge over Front Street. In 2019, work will begin on replacing the Minnesota River Bridge and a new interchange at the high-crash intersection of Highway 14/15/CR 21.

Highway 14/15 and CR 21 traffic will be detoured during construction. For the next year, vehicles traveling to Lafayette on Highway 15 will need to cross the Minnesota River on 20th South Street and take Highway 14 west to the interchange. In 2019 after construction begins on the interchange, drivers will still cross on 20th Street South, but will need to travel east on Highway 14 and take County Road 12 north to reach the Fort Road to Klossner.

The construction and the detour were originally planned to start last week, but weather delayed the start.

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