Nelson presents bills to fund Highway 14/44 interchange

Senator Carla Nelson
2 min readApr 18, 2023

Watch the bill presentation.

Senator Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) today presented two bills to the Senate Transportation Committee that would provide funding for the Highway 14/44 interchange, known as one of the most dangerous intersections in southeast Minnesota. Currently, the intersection is at a skewed angle and sees 30,000 vehicles per day traveling at a high rate of speed, with morning commute conditions known to be especially risky.

Sen. Nelson emphasized the importance of these projects, stating, “These road improvements are crucial for the safety and well-being of our residents in Olmsted County. By investing in our infrastructure, we are ensuring a more connected and prosperous community for years to come.”

“I remain dedicated to advocating for the community’s needs,” Sen. Nelson added. “We must ensure a bright future for Olmsted County, and strong infrastructure is a big step towards that.”

Olmsted County Commissioners David Senjem and Michelle Rossman testified in support of the bills.

  • Senate File 981: Olmsted County; U.S. Highway 14 and County State-Aid Highway 44: Provides $42.1 million in bonding money to acquire property, conduct environmental analysis, predesign, design, engineer, acquire right-of-way, construct, furnish, and equip an interchange. Includes the flyover at 7th Street NW and associated infrastructure and road work to accommodate the interchange.
  • Senate File 3259: Olmsted County; U.S. Highway 14 and County State-Aid Highway 44: Provides $42.1 million from the general fund to be used to acquire property, conduct environmental analysis, predesign, design, engineer, acquire right-of-way, construct, furnish, and equip an interchange. Includes the flyover at 7th Street NW and associated infrastructure and road work to accommodate the interchange.

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