You can see a tremendous amount of progress on the Highway 14 expansion project as you roll along the route between Owatonna and Dodge Center. Traffic is scheduled to be opened on the new four-lane divided stretch yet this fall.

As part of the ongoing work, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has announced a new detour and the opening of a county road near Claremont. In a news release, MnDOT announced, "Dodge County Road 3 south of Claremont will re-open Sept. 20, while Dodge County Road 5 will be detoured and 140th Ave. will close on Sept. 21 as part of the Hwy 14 expansion project west of Dodge Center."

"Motorists will be able to use County Road 3 south of Claremont to cross the new Hwy 14 route but will not be able to access the new Hwy 14 route, because the road is not open."

MnDOT reminds truck and bus drivers "that are required to stop for at-grad railroad crossings should follow detour signs to avoid the rail cross near Steele County Road 180, because no pullover lane is available."

Read more on the overall 12.5-mile project.

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As road construction season shortly transitions to winter, you might want to get away to a beach town. Here are a few ideas.

LOOK: See America's 50 Best Beach Towns

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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