Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 5, 2014

Orange barrels on a highway

Prescribed burn taking place on I-90 near Eyota


ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is conducting a prescribed burn along Interstate 90 near Eyota, Monday, May 5.

Trained prescribed burn crews monitor these burns. They are done to promote native prairie vegetation growth and control weeds and brush. 
Traffic should not be affected and Interstate 90 will remain open during the burn. The area is a six-mile stretch approximately from the Olmsted County Road 19 overpass to the Olmsted County Road 32 overpass.

Prescribed burns are scheduled during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness. 

Native prairie vegetation is planted along highway right of way to reduce the amount of mowing needed, which saves taxpayer money. Burning serves as a safety measure. Prescribed fire is used to control brush and small trees near the roadway, which would otherwise become safety hazards. Fire promotes tall native grasses and forbs that trap blowing snow and prevent it from drifting across the road.

The prescribed burn is the first of several scheduled this spring in southeastern Minnesota as weather conditions allow. Others are:

  • Highway 218 between Austin and Owatonna
  • Highway 56 from Rose Creek to Le Roy
  • Highway 52 in the Harmony and Canton area
  • Wetland mitigation near Hokah

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.