Hwy 14 inclusion bill gets hearing today in House policy committee

ST. PAUL – A bill requiring the remaining four-lane expansion portions of Highway 14 be included in the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s 20-year State Highway Investment Plan will get a hearing today in the Minnesota House in the Transportation Policy Committee.

The bill, which has an exact companion bill in the Senate, specifically requires four-lane expansion from Highway 218 near Owatonna to Dodge Center and from the end of recently promised four-lane expansion near Nicollet to New Ulm. It also requires interchanges at Highway 14’s intersections with Highway 15, County Highway 42 and Highway 169. The bill stipulates the project cannot be removed from the 20-year plan unless MnDOT official contact leaders in related committees and only in unforeseen circumstances.

The hearing on the related Highway 14 four-lane funding bill will be heard on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the House. The Senate version recently received a hearing and was put aside for inclusion in an omnibus bill.

The hearing today starts at 2:15 p.m in the Basement Hearing Room at the State Office Building. The hearing will not be broadcast. Members of the Highway 14 Partnership will testify on behalf of the bill, including New Ulm Mayor Bob Beussman.

(Josh Moniz can be e-mailed at jmoniz@nujournal.com)

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