The New Ulm Gateway project between North Broadway to Nicollet Co. Rd. 21 is set to begin in early April.
"We'll be detouring Hwy. 14 over the Minnesota River for the next two years as we start to reconstruct the Minnesota River bridge, reconstruct the bridge over Front Street in New Ulm and construct a new interchange at the rural intersection of Hwy. 14, 15 and Co. Rd. 21," MnDOT project manager Zak Tess said.

Area residents were invited to Thursday night's open house to learn more about the final design, construction schedule and resulting detours of the project.

"Understanding construction sequencing and then knowing what detour impacts folks will have," Tess said.

Tess says detours will add some extra time to those commuting through town and will vary between seasons.

Southbound Hwy. 15 traffic will take Hwy. 14 to Co. Rd. 37 to get to town according to a MnDOT video highlighting the project.

The construction includes a bridge intersection at the current intersection of Hwy. 14 and 15, a roundabout and two bridge replacements.

"We've got bridges that are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete so they're at the point where they're ready for reconstruction," Tess said.

Tess says the project will also eliminate poor pavement conditions and blind spots between the intersection of Hwy. 14 and 15.

The two-year construction phase is expected to be complete in the fall of 2019. 
Preliminary winter work has already begun as crews continue to clear shrubs and trees in the area.

For more information on the project visit MnDOT's website. 

--KEYC News 12