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News Release
August 5, 2010




Minnesota Department of Transportation
Rochester District 6
2900 48th Street
Rochester, MN 55901


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Highway 14 westbound and Interstate 35 expect long delays on weekends and heavy travel times near Owatonna


ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists may encounter long delays on westbound Highway 14 near Owatonna on weekends and during peak travel times, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

MnDOT anticipates stop-and-go traffic for several miles on westbound Highway 14 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.

Motorists traveling on Interstate 35 near Owatonna will experience single-lane traffic in both directions with major delays during weekends and peak travel times now through mid-October 2010.

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.

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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.

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