Lane closures set for I-90 Dresbach Bridge interchange bridges during inspection
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists on Interstate 90 near the Dresbach Bridge will encounter lane closures Oct. 17-20 on the interchange bridges as the Minnesota Department of Transportation inspects each new bridge.
The inspections are another step toward completion of the Dresbach Bridge project. MnDOT’s bridge inspectors will be focused on the multiple interchange bridges that route traffic to the Minnesota Welcome Center as well as Highway 61 and over railroad tracks and other traffic on I-90.
Motorists in both directions will see lane closures during the daytime hours as bridge inspectors and maintenance crews move along each bridge. Most of the closures will be in the right lane as the inspectors use a snooper truck to evaluate the bridges.
A snooper truck is used during MnDOT inspections. The truck is a specialty vehicle that has a multi-jointed arm with a basket attached at the end to hold the bridge inspectors. The equipment allows the team to maneuver under the bridge, while the truck is parked on the bridge deck.
The Dresbach Bridge project includes constructing a new I-90 crossing over the Mississippi River and reconstructing the Highway 61/14 and I-90 interchange.
The $187.5 million project began in late 2012 and will be completed in early November.
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.