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July 29, 2010

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Interstate 35 near Owatonna has single-lane traffic in both directions until September
Expect major delays on weekends and heavy travel times

 

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists may encounter major delays on both northbound and southbound Interstate 35 near Owatonna on weekends and peak travel times now through September 2010, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

 

MnDOT anticipates stop-and-go traffic for several miles in each direction before the construction zone due to heavy traffic volumes, especially on Friday and Sunday evenings. Motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes and avoid the area during peak travel times, if possible.

 

During backups, motorists should use both lanes and take turns merging into the construction zone, where single-lane traffic begins. This method reduces rear-end crashes and helps keep traffic flowing as best as possible.

 

Single-lane traffic on I-35 is necessary as work continues on the three-year reconstruction of Highway 14 from Waseca to Owatonna, which also includes construction of a new interchange at I-35 and Highway 14.

 

When the project is complete, Highway 14 will be a safer, four-lane highway from Waseca to Owatonna.

 

For more information visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/i35owatonna/index.html.

 

Mathiowetz Construction Co., Sleepy Eye, Minn., is the prime contractor for the $51.8 million project. The entire project is expected to be completed by June 2012.

 

MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.

 

For statewide travel information visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.

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