Locals briefed on Hwy. 14 road project

By Per Peterson

About five dozen residents, most who have some kind of stake in next year’s Tracy-to-Revere Hwy. 14 road construction project, gathered at the Walnut Grove Community Center to share their concerns and get answers to questions about the $4 million project.

Three Minnesota Department of Transportation representatives were on hand to update local residents on where MnDOT currently sits in the planning stages of the project.

MnDOT’s District 8 Engineering Specialist Kent Medalen said that process is still in the beginning stages.

“We have about 30% of the plan done,” Medalen said. “Right now, there are more questions than answers. There are a lot of things we don’t know yet.”

What is known is the 12-mile bituminous resurfacing project will begin at 4th Street East in Tracy and end at the junction of Redwood Country Road 7 outside of Revere. The process includes grinding off three-and-a-half inches of surface, and putting it right back after mixing it up. Another three inches of mix will be put back on top of that before seal-coating is applied.

There will also be shoulder upgrades.

The likely detour will take motorists north from Tracy on Lyon County Road 11 for 6 miles, then east of Lyon County Road 2, which turns into Redwood County Road 4 for 13 miles, then south on Redwood County Road 7, which brings motorists back to Hwy. 14 by Revere.

For more on this article, see this week’s Headlight-Herald.