Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 11, 2014

Orange barrels on a highway

Lane closures on I-35 in Steele County begin Tuesday, April 15 


Work is expected to take three days, weather permitting

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists on Interstate 35 north of Owatonna will encounter lane closures beginning Tuesday as construction crews work to complete installation of automatic traffic recorders, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Weather permitting, the work is expected to take three days. The work in Steele County is near mile marker 46 and is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 15. Construction will start just north of the Clinton Falls interchange (No. 45) and motorists will experience single-lane closures on northbound and southbound I-35 during the three-day period of work (April 15 – 17). 

The project is a carryover from last year when winter temperatures ceased work. Pavement temperatures are now warm enough for the work to be completed.

During traffic 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 improves traffic flow.

MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For statewide travel information visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.