Historic New Ulm Spring Roadside Parking Area rehabilitation project begins May 23
MANKATO, Minn. — Work to restore the New Ulm spring wayside on Hwy 14 is expected to begin on Monday, May 23, according to the officials at the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The New Ulm Spring Roadside Parking Area is located about one mile east of the Hwy 14/15 interchange.
The site will be closed during construction, as Hwy 14 is already closed to motorists for construction on the Hwy 14 New Ulm to Nicollet four-lane expansion project.
While the 1938-39 wayside is not currently eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the goal of the project is to bring it to potentially eligible status. It was originally designed by Arthur R. Nichols and constructed by the National Youth Administration, a federal New Deal work relief program during the depression.
The project includes repairing the stone wall, walk, parking area with a new curbed island and right in/right out access. Two picnic areas up the slope will be restored with a natural surface trail connecting them and a new accessible picnic table will be added near the stone wall. Interpretation, and improving accessibility will be included.
Environmental Associates, Inc. was awarded the project with a bid of $888,707.20.
More information on historic wayside rests can be found at mndot.gov/roadsides/historic.