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Claremont, MN (KROC-AM News) - A ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning and Dodge County represented the culmination of decades of planning and work.

Governor Tim Walz wielded the scissors to cut a ribbon that was stretched across a brand-new slab of concrete near Claremont to signify the opening of the new four-lane Highway 14 connection between Dodge Center and Owatonna. The event took place at the Dodge County Road 3 interchange, which was one of the two new interchanges constructed as part of the $107 million project.

The opening of the just over 12-mile long section of Highway represents the completion of a long-held goal of linking Rochester and Mankato with a limited access four-lane highway to address safety concerns that, years ago, had the old Highway 14 listed among the most dangerous roadways in the nation.

While the highway is now open to traffic, there is some additional work to be completed this fall and next spring.

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