Local lawmakers will introduce legislation at the state capitol to help plan for the four-lane expansion from Nicollet to New Ulm. 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 U.S Department of Transportation will invite MnDOT to formally submit applications for reviewal. New Ulm Mayor Bob Beussman is very optimistic that the legislation will pass. MnDOT has also applied for an outright grant from the federal government for the New Ulm to Nicollet upgrade. MnDOT expects construction could begin sometime next year and construction would take around two years.