The expansion of Highway 14 between Owatonna and Dodge Center is almost ready to break ground.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Friday, November 1st. It will kick off the $108 million endeavor.

The expansion will complete a continuous four-lane roadway between Interstate 35 and Rochester.

MnDOT says it is intended to improve safety, capacity, travel times, and access to Rochester, Owatonna, and I-35.

As this area well knows, Highway 14 expansion has been a decades-long effort.

There is only one stretch of the highway that remains unfinished and unfunded.  The two-lane stretch between Nicollet and New Ulm is the final piece of the overall project, and its future is uncertain.

MnDOT applied for a grant to help with the project.  BUILD grants will be awarded by November 12th.