- Kristin Kammueller
Community Relations Coordinator
- Kristine Hernandez
TZD Coordinator/ Public Affairs Team Leader
Minnesota Department of
Rochester District 6
2900 48th Street
Rochester, MN 55901
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Highway 14, Interstate 35 weekend ramp closures begin Aug. 13
ROCHESTER, Minn. – The ramp from westbound Highway 14 to northbound Interstate 35 will close each weekend through September beginning Friday, Aug. 13, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Ramp closure schedule:
Friday, Aug. 13 - Sunday, Aug. 15
Friday, Aug. 20 - Sunday, Aug. 29 (Note: extended closure)
Friday, Sept. 3 - Monday, Sept. 6
Friday, Sept. 10 - Sunday, Sept. 12
Friday, Sept. 17 - Sunday, Sept. 19
Friday, Sept. 24 - Sunday, Sept. 26
All closures will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday and end at 9 p.m. on the last day of the closure.
Steele County Road 180 west to Steele County Road 43 north to Steele County Road 8 west, continue on Steele County Road 34 west and back to I-35 north.
Motorists needing to continue on Highway 14 west should stay on Steele County
Road 34 west/26th Street Northwest to 24th Avenue Northwest and back onto Highway 14 west toward Mankato.
The ramp closure is necessary to reduce traffic back-ups on I-35 northbound during peak weekend travel times. The extended closure is needed to replace a culvert on the ramp.
I-35 motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and find alternate routes if possible when back-ups occur.
Construction on I-35 is part of 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 completed motorists will experience a smoother, safer ride.
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 15, 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.