A big day for Highway 14 funding.

Monday local lawmakers will introduce legislation at the state capitol to help plan for the 4-lane expansion from Nicollet to New Ulm.

You may recall on Friday Governor Walz was in Nicollet to announce the plan. It includes applying for a federal loan.

The time frame for the project is dependent on the state’s deliverance of proof and source of payment to the federal government. Once Minnesota’s credit is approved, the US Department of Transportation will invite MnDOT to formally submit applications for reviewal.

New Ulm Mayor Bob Beussman says:

“I think there’s enough representatives and officials from both… parties that I think it’s gonna pass.”

MN-DOT has also applied for an outright grant from the federal government for the New Ulm-to-Nicollet upgrade. Last November officials broke ground on a Highway 14 upgrade between Owatonna and Dodge Center.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) expects that construction could begin as early as fall of 2021 and the expected completion date in late 2023. The entire application and approval process will likely take 6 – 9 months.

Redwood Falls Senator Gary Dahms is optimistic:

“Very confident that it won’t be long and we’ll be able to start breaking ground.”

Someone mentioned maybe a year from now. Is that feasible?

“Very feasible, yes.”

The legislation has bi-partisan support.