The new Highway 14 between Owatonna and Dodge Center opened on November 9, 2021. Motorists will encounter some lane closures over the next six to eight weeks as shoulder work takes place.

A news release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation states, "Temporary right-lane closures are ongoing to complete shoulder work at both ends of the Highway 14 expansion project. Once that work is completed, temporary left-lane closures will begin to complete crossover removal at both ends of the project."

These lane closures will happen on and off over the summer months.

MnDOT says, "The project improves the capacity, safety, travel times, and access between Rochester and Owatonna, as well as the I-35 corridor. The expansion area is a new route for Highway 14, which stays south of the railroad tracks on the west side of the project, travels south of Claremont and connects where the four-lane highway is west of Dodge Center."

The $108-million construction project was led by Shafer Contracting of Shafer, MN and covers 12.5 miles.

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