Highway 14 between New Ulm and Nicollet shut down Monday as crews began work on the long-awaited expansion of the highway, a project decades in the making. A 12 ½ mile stretch of roadway will be expanded to four lanes. The new highway will bypass Courtland and a new interchange will be added at County Rd 37 at New Ulm.

Traffic will be detoured to Highway 68, Highway 15, and Highway 169 during construction, which is expected to last until fall 2023. The Minnesota Department of Transportation expects the project to be completed as early as October 2023.