Motorists on I-90 in Austin will be detoured up and down the highway ramps at the 28th St. NE bridge overnight while crews remove equipment beginning at 7 p.m., Oct. 21 to 6 a.m., Oct. 22.
Also, westbound I-90 motorists who use the 28th St. NE exit to access the north side of the highway to reach places such as Nexus Gerard Academy and the Austin Country Club, will be detoured from Friday, Oct. 22 to Wednesday, Oct. 27, while the off-ramp is repaired and repaved. Motorists should use exit 183 east of Austin and travel on 220th St. west to reach these destinations. The off-ramp at Exit 181 will be closed for six days. The I-90 on-ramp at Exit 181 will remain open.
Motorists should also watch for a brief closure of 28th St. on the south side of the bridge, which runs through Thursday, Oct. 21. Neighbors have been notified in advance.
Summary of work
On May 10, 2021, MnDOT started replacement of a bridge over I-90 in Austin at 28th St. NE. The bridge was nearing the end of its service life.
The reconstruction is part of a larger planning effort to update aging community infrastructure over the next decade along the I-90 corridor. In 2020, MnDOT split up its Austin bridge replacements project. Construction of the 28th St. NE bridge in 2021 is as planned. The Hwy 218/14th St. NW construction was deferred to 2022 to allow for additional design work.
Current traffic impacts
Eastbound I-90 motorists (coming from Austin) who want to reach locations on the north side of the 28th St. NE bridge will continue past Exit 181 for 3 miles to Exit 183. Motorists will turn north (left) at the off-ramp on Hwy 56, turning west (left) on 220th St. to travel west to reach 28th St. NE on the north side of the bridge.
Westbound I-90 motorists who want to reach locations on the south side of 28th St. NE or Mower County Road 58 will use Exit 183, turn south (left) on Hwy 56 and then west (right) on 215th St.
Southbound motorists on 28th St. NE who want to cross the bridge or enter eastbound I-90 will detour by entering westbound I-90 and using Exit 180B, crossing I-90, entering eastbound I-90 or exiting at Exit 181 to then travel south on 28th St. NE.
Northbound motorists on 28th St. NE who want to cross the bridge or travel westbound on I-90 will travel east (right) on 215th Street to Hwy 56, turn north (left) to reach I-90. Motorists will enter westbound I-90 and continue or use Exit 181 to reach northside destinations or continue on 28th St. NE.
Resident and business access
Residents or businesses adjacent to the work zone may contact Mike Myers with Kraemer North American, the contractor, to discuss specific questions or concerns about access to their properties. Myers can be reached at 612-290-9830.