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News Release
May 11, 2011




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


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I-35 and ramp closures in Steele County begin May 13


ROCHESTER, Minn.-Motorists should expect delays this weekend when I-35 closes from 11 p.m., May 13, to 11 a.m., May 15, as crews remove the existing Hwy 14 bridges over I-35 south of Owatonna. The ramp from westbound Hwy 14 to southbound I-35 also will close at noon May 13, through early November, as crews construct a new ramp.


During the weekend I-35 closure, northbound traffic will use the following detour:


Southbound I-35 traffic will use the new Hwy 14 entrance and exit ramps.


Motorists should expect delays on I-35 and Hwy 218 during the weekend closure. Flaggers will control traffic at the Hwy 14/Hwy 218 interchange.


The ramp closure from westbound Hwy 14 to southbound I-35 will have the following detour through early November:


Both closures are weather-dependent. This work is part of a three-year reconstruction of Hwy 14 from Waseca to Owatonna, which includes a new interchange at I-35 and Hwy 14.


When the project is complete, motorists will experience a smoother ride surface and a safer highway. 


Mathiowetz Construction Co., Sleepy Eye, Minn., is the prime contractor. The entire project is expected to be completed by June 2012, but the section from Waseca County Road 2 to Hwy 13 is expected to open in mid-summer 2011.


Mn/DOT 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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