HIGHWAY 14/CR 56: Changes are coming to the Hwy 14 and County Road (CR) 56 intersection. Even though safety improvements were made in 2016, the intersection continues to experience a high frequency of crashes. Following an analysis of intersection alternatives, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Blue Earth County, and the City of Eagle Lake are moving forward with a Restricted Crossing U-Turn (also referred to as a J-Turn) at the intersection of Hwy 14 and Blue Earth County Road 56 in Eagle Lake. Construction is planned for 2022. Additionally, MnDOT recently installed pavement markings on CR 56 to encourage motorists to stop closer to Hwy 14, which improves visibility for CR 56 traffic as they either cross or turn onto Hwy 14. MnDOT worked closely with the project partners, as well as collected input from the community prior to arriving at the selected alternative of an RCUT. The public was invited to share feedback on the proposed concepts through a virtual presentation and online survey. For a summary of the community feedback, visit mndot.gov/d7/projects/hwy14eaglelake/public-input.html. Additional information about the intersection, including Frequently Asked Questions, is available on the project website at mndot.gov/d7/projects/hwy14eaglelake.
CSAH 27 (Agency Street): Blue Earth County in partnership with the City of Eagle Lake, is planning to reconstruct the roadway and the underlying city watermain and sanitary sewer primarily due to the failing condition of the City owned utilities. As part of the road construction project, sidewalk will be constructed on the west side of the road from Thomas Dr. to Parkway Ave. and on both the east and west sides of the street from Valley Lane to Le Ray Ave. The project is scheduled for construction in 2021 using a combination of County State Aid, Local and City of Eagle Lake and State Funds. For project updates, visit: https://www.blueearthcountymn.gov/CSAH27.
Project Schedule - Scheduling is contingent upon State approvals and subject to modification
Receive Feasibility Report and Call for Improvement Hearing (January 4, 2021)
Virtual Open House (held January 19, 2021 from 4pm-6pm)
Improvement Hearing (held February 1, 2021 at 6 pm)
Approve Plans and Specs and Order Advertisement of Bids (March 1, 2021)
Open Bids (March 31, 2021)
Declare Cost to be Assessed and Call for Assessment Hearing (TBD)
Assessment Hearing, Adopt Assessments, and Accept Bid (TBD)
Construction (June-November 2021)
Complete Final Paving (Summer 2022)
2019-2020 Watermain Looping Project: Completed Fall 2020.
CSAH 17 Sewer Force Main Abandonment: Completed Fall 2020.