Repairs are under way on a busy stretch of Highway 14 between Mankato and North Mankato, and MN-DOT has warning signage that’s more often used on interstates — detecting traffic flow and advising motorists when vehicles are stopped ahead. Traffic Engineer Scott Thompson says motorists “wouldn’t be in the work zone just yet so they wouldn’t have any indication that there could potentially be slowdowns caused by the construction traffic. So the Intelligent Work Zone system is designed to give folks that advance notice when they wouldn’t be expecting to see stopped traffic.”
The six-mile stretch has the highest volume of traffic in south-central Minnesota. Crews are resurfacing sections of pavement, repairing culverts and ditches, and upgrading guardrails on bridges.