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News Release
September 13, 2011




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


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Expect intermittent early morning delays on I-35 near Owatonna Sept. 14


ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists can expect early morning delays Wednesday, Sept. 14, when Interstate 35 near Owatonna closes intermittently while crews work on the new bridge over the freeway.

Lanes in both directions will close for up to 15-minute intervals beginning at 2 a.m., and continuing to 5 a.m., weather permitting.

The work on I-35 is part of the three-year reconstruction of Highway 14 from Waseca to Owatonna, which also includes building a new interchange at I-35 and Highway 14.

When the entire project is completed, motorists will experience a safer and smoother ride surface.

Mathiowetz Construction Co., Sleepy Eye, Minn., is the prime contractor for the $51.8 million project. Work 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 road blocked with barriers or cones.

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