The public is invited to a ceremonial groundbreaking at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1 east of Owatonna to mark the kickoff of the Hwy 14 expansion project between Dodge Center and Owatonna, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

 The event will mark the start of the nearly $108 million construction project. State officials have been invited to attend and speak.

 The event is at the cul de sac at 2300 SE 54th Ave., Claremont, MN 55924, east of Owatonna. To get there, motorists traveling on Hwy 14 east of Owatonna should go south on Steele Co. Rd 43 for 1 mile; east on SE 28th St. for 1 mile; north on SE 54th Ave to the site (1 mile). Parking is along the side of road.


The ceremonial first shovels of dirt for the project will kick off the project to expand 12.5 miles of Hwy 14 from two lanes to four lanes between Owatonna and Dodge Center, to complete a continuous four-lane roadway between Mankato and Rochester. The project is intended to improve the capacity, safety, travel times and access between Rochester and Owatonna, as well as the I-35 corridor.