Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Sept. 27, 2018

I-35 traffic change near Faribault for paving project starts today

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists on southbound Interstate 35 near Faribault have been moved into single lane traffic on the southbound lanes, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Northbound I-35 remains single lane traffic and the southbound I-35 ramp to Hwy 21 in Faribault remains closed to allow crews room to finish installing cable-median guard rail, removing cross over lanes and complete additional work on the project. Significant traffic delays are expected at times because of the traffic volume on I-35, especially on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Construction is expected to be completed Friday, Oct. 12, weather permitting. At that time, all lanes of I-35 will reopen to traffic. The southbound I-35 ramp to Hwy 21 is expected to open before Oct. 12.

Crews paved approximately 4 miles of southbound I-35 from Rice County Road 9 to Highway 21 with an unbonded concrete overlay. Additionally, crews repaved the Hwy 21 exit ramp, extended the deceleration lane off southbound I-35 to Hwy 21 and repaired culverts along I-35.

Shafer Contracting Co., Inc. of Shafer, Minn. is the prime contractor on this $6.8 million project.

For more information about this project, or to sign up for email updates, go to our project web page at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/i35-concreteoverlay/index.html.

Motorists using I-35 can find all of the MnDOT construction projects on this highway from the Iowa border to Duluth by going to the MnDOT website: www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35corridor2018/

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.

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