All of these changes to access and scheduling are expected to raise the project cost by between 5 percent and 10 percent.
A January estimate for the entire project, which includes concrete repair and traffic light improvements, was $7.46 million.
But MnDOT didn’t appear willing to compromise by pushing back the whole project until 2015, as the Blue Earth County Board has asked.
“We truly believe that getting this done in 2014 is the right thing to do,” Assistant District Engineer Chad Fowlds said.
Another open house has been slated for Oct. 15 at a time and location to be announced.