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Buessman road project opens early

Months in advance

Staff photo by Fritz Busch Nicollet County Road 14 in Nicollet County, north of the Beussman Bridge, reopened Friday afternoon. The project reinforced the hillside soil slope and put in wider lanes on Nicollet County Road 14 north of the Beussman Bridge and intersection of CR 14 and 21 north of New Ulm.

NEW ULM — A hillside road and reinforced soil slope project on Nicollet County Road 14 north of the Beussman Bridge opened months ahead of schedule early Friday afternoon.

Mathiowetz Construction Vice President Brett Mathiowetz said the project was completed early thanks to great project partners including Nicollet County.

“We’re happy to open the road early so people can come and go more easily,” said Mathiowatz. “There is a lot of traffic out here. The hillside is looking good. The grass is green.”

The project that included a reinforced soil slope plan, began in the spring of 2019 when a slope failure happened on the hill just no/Volumes/Editorial1/ 5-15 stories-photos SAT/ Nicollet County Road 14 project opens early with photo/hillside road project opens early story.txtrth of the CR 14 and CR 21 intersection, due to heavy rain and snowmelt.

Mother Nature didn’t help much.

A couple big rain events dumped about 10 inches of rain in the area when Nicollet County was getting ready to open project bids in late 2020. The original project more than doubled in size.

Nicollet County Public Works Director Seth Greenwood said the project affecting more than 800 feet of CR 14 (615th Avenue) and included storm sewer rerouting, reinforce soil slope, new curb and gutter, guardrail replacement, right of way acquisition and widening the lanes.

Greenwood said the project was paid for with Federal Highway Emergency Relief, the State Aid Disaster Account, and State Aid Regular Construction funds.

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