ST PAUL, Minn. – Chief Author Senator Nick Frentz (DFL-North Mankato) is pleased to announce his legislation to fund the four-lane expansion of Highway 14 from Nicollet to New Ulm passed both the House and Senate last night and is on its way to the governor’s office, who has indicated a commitment to sign the measure.
Half of the funding for the $74 million project will allow the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to apply for a $36 million federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for Highway14, which would be administered through the Rural Project Initiative and Build America Bureau of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“When I ran for State Senate almost four years ago, finding a solution to reduce the terrible accident rate on Hwy. 14 was one of my highest priorities. Today, we are on the brink of getting this final piece of dangerous roadway upgraded and made safer,” Sen. Frentz said. “I will be so proud to stand by Gov. Tim Walz while he signs this bill into law.”