Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 16, 2014

Orange barrels on a highway

Brief closure of Interstate 90 near Dresbach Bridge planned for May 17 power line removal


ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists on Interstate 90 near the Dresbach Bridge will be delayed approximately 15 minutes on Saturday as crews remove power lines, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Crews from Xcel Energy will drop the lines across I-90 and then remove them at 9 a.m, Saturday, May 17. The work is expected to take 15 minutes. State troopers will block traffic during this time for the safety of motorists and the crews doing the work. Traffic will be immediately started once the lines are removed and it’s clear for motorists to continue.

It’s part of the ongoing work at the Dresbach Bridge, a $187 million project to replace the current Mississippi River bridge with two separate bridges parallel and upstream from the existing bridge. The work is expected to run through 2016. Currently, the traveler information center and rest area is closed. Motorists seeking to travel on southbound Highway 61 via westbound I-90 must follow a detour.

Details of the detour and project can be found at the MnDOT project page at www.dot.state.mn.us/dresbachbridge/index.html. A Facebook page is also accessible with information about the project: www.Facebook.com/DresbachBridge.

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

For real-time traffic and travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.