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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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Interstate 35 and ramp closures in Steele County begin May 13


ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists should expect delays this weekend when Interstate 35 closes from 11 p.m., May 13, to 11 a.m., May 15, as crews remove the existing Highway 14 bridges over I-35 south of Owatonna. The ramp from westbound Highway 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 Highway 14 entrance and exit ramps.

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

The ramp closure from westbound Highway 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 Highway 14 from Waseca to Owatonna, which includes a new interchange at I-35 and Highway 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 Highway 13 is expected to open in mid-summer 2011.

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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