We deeply appreciate that Gov. Dayton committed to completing the four-lane expansion of Highway 14 between North Mankato and Nicollet in 2017-18. However, we can’t let progress stop there. Highway 14 serves many important economic hubs — Rochester, Owatonna, Waseca, Greater Mankato, and New Ulm — a two-lane rural highway cannot meet the demands of our area’s growing populations and industries. Now is the time to plan and invest in the future success of our region, and in turn, our state.
While we, along with legislative colleagues, will strongly advocate for Highway 14 at the Capitol, we can’t do this alone. We will stay in communication and let you know of ways you can help make Highway 14 a priority for the state. MnDOT will host another round of stakeholder meetings in the spring to gain public input on the 20-year plan: You should attend these events and speak to the importance of completing Highway 14.
Thank you for all of your efforts, both in the past and those ahead.
Sen. Vicki Jensen, DFL, represents Owatonna and Rep. Kathy Brynaert, DFL, represents Mankato in the Minnesota Legislature.