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It will be this time in 2022 before the Highway 14 four-lane expansion is complete, a massive project to benefit the community in more ways than one. Highway 14 is one of the most dangerous roads in Minnesota, seeing more than 145 fatalities, and countless more injuries, since the mid-80s. That makes other elements to the project critical to improving safety – including new bridges and interchanges in Courtland and New Ulm, similar to the one constructed in 2016 in Nicollet. Many crashes happen during winter months, when the exposed highway is covered with ice and snow drifts. After safety, assisting local economies is a project goal. According to MnDOT, more than 12% of Highway 14 traffic is made up of heavy commercial vehicles, such as farm equipment, semi-trucks and buses. That’s over 50% higher than the average Minnesota highway.

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