US-14 is being developed as a cross-state freeway that is the next rung on a highway ladder north of I-90 near the state line and US-20 in Iowa. US-14 is freeway or expressway starting at I-90 and running south and west of Rochester until it covers about half the distance to I-35. There is a short section of US-14 freeway at I-35. The next section of US-14 freeway starts halfway between I-35 and Mankato, and runs around the north side of Mankato, and then ends just west of North Mankato. MN-DOT is working on the section between I-35 and Mankato with construction starting in the summer of 2008. The section west of Mankato to New Ulm including a second Minnesota River crossing is high on the agenda due to the current road having a very high accident and death rate.
There are regional trails below each end of this bridge. The problem is that there are no parking areas for the trails anywhere near the bridge. The west side has a parking area about a mile to the north. Beyond that, one needs to find city streets near the trail to park. It would be nice if a few trailhead parking areas were developed along the riverfront.
The photos above and below are views looking north from the regional trail that runs along the west side of the Minnesota River. The photo above is a close view of the river spans, while the photo below is an overview of the river crossing.