Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 22, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

I-90 Travel Information Center at Dresbach Bridge reopens to public

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Travel Information Center on Interstate 90 near the Dresbach Bridge reopened today, June 22 after a project to remodel portions of the popular traveler stop, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Access to the I-90 rest area on the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota is restricted to cars at this point. No trucks or vehicles with trailers are allowed at the site because of bridge construction. Those vehicles will be allowed to use the site after the bridge construction project is completed in fall 2016.

The Travel Information Center has been closed for three years during the construction of the Dresbach Bridge. It is the first rest area for I-90 westbound travelers coming into Minnesota.

The rest area’s restrooms and tourism areas were remodeled and accessibility improvements were completed on the building and grounds. The prime contractor was Market & Johnson of La Crosse, Wis., and it cost about $375,000.

Explore Minnesota Tourism Travel Counselors provide personalized travel planning assistance seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the peak travel season. Travelers stopping at the Dresbach Welcome Center after hours are encouraged to use the self-service brochure racks for the most commonly requested publications 24 hours a day.  

“Explore Minnesota’s Welcome Centers are one of the most important ways we interact with travelers to and within our state, and are often their first point of contact when crossing the border,” said John Edman, director of Explore Minnesota. “We are excited to welcome many more travelers at the Dresbach Welcome Center, where breathtaking views of the Mississippi River make it a popular stop for nearly 230,000 visitors every year.”

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 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 in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

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