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Highway 14 project aimed to help congestion and space for semis on hold

Based off the current wording in the legislation, money won't be available until 2022.

Posted: Feb 21, 2019 7:39 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2019 8:22 AM

DODGE COUNTY, Minn.- It's a project on a busy section of road that has encountered some serious delays.

Last year, former Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill to allocate funding to the project that looked to expand highway 14. However, wording in the bill has kept the project from starting.
The bill lacks a specific date detailing when the money will be handed over.
Between Owatonna and Dodge Center, more lanes will create less congestion and space for semi-trucks.
That's a relief for drivers like Brady Swanson.
He lives near highway 14 where the construction will happen. He says driving in two lanes next to a truck can be dangerous, especially in the winter.

“It kind of sucks because you got these semi drivers who fly by you and don't think twice about leaving snow in your path,” he said.
More than $100M dollars was allocated to the Highway 14 project.
Based off the current wording in the legislation, that money won't be available until 2022.
Lawmakers are working to change the wording so they can access the money this summer.

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