Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 30, 2014

Orange barrels on a highway

I-35 single-lane traffic, ramp closings to begin in Owatonna May 30


ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter single-lane, head-to-head traffic on Interstate 35 in Owatonna beginning today (May 30), as well as offramp and onramp closures for southbound traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Southbound traffic will be crossed over into the northbound lanes of I-35 north of Steele County Road 2. Northbound traffic will continue in a single lane, while southbound uses the other lane. Southbound traffic will cross back over to two lanes south of Bridge Street.

The Hoffman Drive (Steele County Road 45) southbound offramp at exit 42A will be closed, as will southbound onramps at 26th Street Northwest (exit 43) and Steele County Road 2 (exits 42 A&B). Those closures are expected to remain through early October.

The $19.1 million project is taking place over two years to replace the concrete I-35 roadways through Owatonna, as well as replace bridges and include additional safety features on the corridor. The project with prime contractor Mathiowetz Construction began in early May and is expected to be complete in fall 2015.

Because of the traffic volumes on I-35, traffic backups and delays occur during weekend travel periods through this construction workzone, so motorists should adjust their travel plans to account for delays.

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.

For more information about the project, please review MnDOT’s project page at  http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/i35bridge-pavement-replacement/index.html or the project’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/I35Owatonna.