Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

April 16, 2014

Orange barrels on a highway

Lane closures on I-35 in Steele County delayed because of weather 

Work is expected to take three days, weather permitting

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Work to install automatic traffic recorders on I-35 north of Owatonna has been delayed by cold weather and is expected to start Tuesday, April 22, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The project is delayed because of the unseasonable cold temperatures. The grout used to seal the automatic traffic recorders into the pavement requires warmer temperatures for the grout to cure.

The work was expected to begin on Tuesday, April 15, but the cold weather forced the contractor to delay the completion of the work. When the work begins, motorists on I-35 north of Owatonna will encounter lane closures.

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 22. 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 22 – 24). 

The project is a carryover from last year when winter temperatures ceased work. Pavement temperatures must be 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.

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