I-35, Hwy 14 lane closures begin Sept. 19 to prepare for bridge replacements
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists on Interstate 35 and Highway 14 south of Owatonna will encounter lane closures beginning Sept. 19 as construction work begins to prepare for the replacement of 10 bridges in 2017 and 2018, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The lane closures are necessary to build crossover lanes on the highways that allow traffic to cross into the opposite lanes to detour around the bridges that are being replaced. The construction work this fall is expected to go until late October. Work will begin on I-35 on Sept. 19 and start on Hwy 14 on Sept. 26, weather permitting.
In 2017 and 2018 MnDOT has scheduled the replacement of six bridges on I-35 and four bridges on Highway 14, all south of Owatonna.
On I-35, bridges over the Straight River, Turtle Creek and the Union Pacific Railroad are scheduled for replacement. On Highway 14, bridges over the Straight River and the Union Pacific Railroad are scheduled for replacement. Bridges southbound on I-35 and eastbound on Highway 14 will be replaced in 2017. The northbound and westbound bridges will be replaced in 2018.
Lunda Construction Company was the low bidder at $29.6 million.
Motorists should always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.