Work continues on the New Ulm Gateway (Highway 14/15) project that is in its second year, but construction crews struggle on the new river bridge as the Minnesota River remains high enough to prevent work in the river. However, the new interchange at Highway 14/15 is progressing well and will likely be completed ahead of schedule.
Construction on the Minnesota River Bridge experienced delays in 2018 due to high river levels and in 2019 progress halted in March. The access road is presently about five feet under water and the barge cannot be secured at current river levels.
The early completion of the Highway 14/15 interchange, which could be in mid to late August, will alleviate motorists using the current lengthy detour. Much of the concrete work is done, the bridge is near completion and asphalt paving should take place soon.
For now, traffic continues to be detoured to Nicollet County Road 5 (Fort Road) and Nicollet County Road 12 and Nicollet County Road 21 between Nicollet and Courtland.