Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 30, 2014

Orange barrels on a highway

Four-day southbound ramp closure scheduled July 7 for I-35 Owatonna at Bridge Street


ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a four-day on-ramp closure at Interstate 35 for southbound traffic using the Exit 41 Bridge Street ramp on Monday, July 7, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The closure is necessary to install a reinforced concrete pipe for storm water drainage. Weather permitting, the work is expected to be completed by Friday, July 11.

Meanwhile, the project continues with single-lane, head-to-head traffic as well as off-ramp and on-ramp closures for southbound.

Southbound traffic is 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 off-ramp at exit 42A is closed, as are southbound on-ramps 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.