Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 3, 2014

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Limited services at Hayward, Oakland Woods I-90 rest areas during construction


Rochester, Minn. – Limited services will be available for about 10 weeks at two Interstate 90 rest areas east of  Albert Lea as they undergo construction work to improve accessibility and facilities, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The two rest areas are the Hayward Rest Area, which serves eastbound traffic at milepost 162 about three miles east of the junction of Interstates 35 and 90, and Oakland Woods, which serves westbound traffic at milepost 171 about 11 miles east of the I-35 and I-90 junction in southern Minnesota.

Temporary, portable toilets will be available to travelers, but there is no running water. Parking will be restricted to the truck parking lot during the construction work. Both rest areas are being remodeled and improvements are being made for traveler accessibility. The work is expected to be completed in August.

To find a rest area in Minnesota, use MnDOT’s web site search tool to learn about services and access at each site: www.dot.state.mn.us/restareas/find.html

MnDOT urges motorists to follow these recommendations in work zones:
•           Stay alert
•           Watch for signs, equipment and workers
•           Minimize distractions, such as using cell phones, eating or drinking
•           Avoid tailgating
•           Follow posted speed limits and directional signs
•           Stay in one lane while driving through a work zone

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.