Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

June 27, 2016

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Northbound Hwy 61 ramp to eastbound I-90 to open at Dresbach Bridge

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists traveling north on Highway 61 from La Crescent, Minn., will be able to use the traffic ramp to eastbound Interstate 90 beginning on Tuesday, June 28, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The ramp is an important part of a well-traveled commuter route from La Crescent to La Crosse, Wis. It has been closed for construction as part of the I-90 Dresbach Bridge project. Motorists had been detoured west on I-90 to Dresbach, where they would cross under the highway and return on eastbound I-90, adding about 6 miles to their trips.

The opening on Tuesday is another milestone in the $187.5 million project that is expected to be completed this fall. The project began in late 2012. Last week, the Dresbach Welcome Center rest area opened to the public after being closed for three years. Currently, only car traffic is allowed. Trucks and vehicles with trailers will be allowed after the bridge project is completed.

The Dresbach Bridge project is a cooperative effort between the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation. The project includes constructing a new I-90 crossing over the Mississippi River and reconstructing the Highway 61/14 and the I-90 interchange.

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 more information about the Dresbach Bridge project and detour, visit www.mndot.gov/dresbachbridge or www.facebook.com/DresbachBridge.

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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