Short overnight Hwy 14 traffic stoppages planned on June 13 south of Owatonna
I-35 lane changes planned on June 15 for bridge deck concrete pours
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Hwy 14 motorists south of Owatonna will experience brief traffic stoppages on the evening of June 13 as crews set bridge beams, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Crews will be setting bridge beams on Hwy 14 westbound and the beams need to be delivered to the eastbound lanes so equipment can access the beams and place them. The work will take place between Steele County Road 45 on the east and Interstate 35 on the west. Work is expected to begin at 8 p.m., June 13 and completed by 2 a.m., June 14.
The Minnesota State Patrol will stop traffic for approximately 15 minutes on Hwy 14, while crews deliver the beam and equipment is used to set the beam. Once the beam is set and the equipment has cleared the road, the State Patrol will allow traffic to start again until the next beam is ready to be set. Four beams will be set.
On June 15, motorists on I-35 south of Owatonna will experience lane changes while crews pour the concrete bridge decks on the Steele County Road 18 bridge, which crosses I-35.
Meanwhile, a detour continues for Hwy 14 westbound motorists who want to travel north on I-35. Motorists need to detour through the interchange loops at I-35 by taking the southbound I-35 ramp to the eastbound Hwy 14 ramp to the northbound I-35 ramp.
This bridge replacement project is in its second of two years south of Owatonna. Twelve bridges are being replaced on I-35 (eight bridges) and Hwy 14 (four bridges). Bridges on southbound I-35 and eastbound Hwy 14 were replaced last year. Two bridges on I-35 that were damaged by a vehicle crash last year are included in the project. One was replaced last fall and the second is under construction this year.
Lunda Construction Company is the prime contractor for the $29.6 million project.
Motorists interested in more information about the project, may visit the MnDOT project website at www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/steelecty-bridge/index.html and sign up for email updates on the project.
Motorists should 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 information in Minnesota, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.