Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

I-90 eastbound resurfacing

Near High Forest

About this project

Update

The High Forest I-90 rest area that serves eastbound motorists west of Stewartville will close on May 9 as part of the repaving and bridge pier project.

Rochester Sand and Gravel, the MnDOT contractor, will be repaving the parking lot, doing pipe work, replacing and improving walkways. Work on the rest area is expected to be complete by mid-July.

Summary of work

I-90 project map
I-90 project map

Construction began April 4 and is scheduled to be complete late August 2022 with the following work:

  • Resurfacing approximately 8.6 miles of I-90 eastbound from 2.5 miles east of Mower Co. Rd. 1 to .9 miles east of Hwy 63 in Olmsted County.
  • Resurfacing interchange ramps at Co. Hwy 6 and Hwy 63.
  • Improving and repairing guardrail and drainage throughout project.
  • Resurfacing car parking lot of High Forest Rest Area and improving entrance/exit ramps and facility accessibility.
  • Improving four bridges:
    • I-90 eastbound bridge over Root River: Replacing both approach panels, constructing four new end posts, replacing guardrail, resurfacing bridge deck and applying new surface finish coating to pier caps, abutment wing walls and abutment stem faces.
    • I-90 westbound bridge over Root River: Replacing part of both approach panels, constructing four new bridge end posts and replacing guardrail.
    • Co. Hwy 6 bridge over I-90: Removing and replacing westbound pier struts, adding median and eastbound pier struts and replacing guardrail.
    • Co. Hwy 15 bridge over I-90: Removing and replacing westbound pier struts, adding median and eastbound pier struts and replacing guardrail.

Traffic impacts

  • Beginning April 4: Eastbound I-90 traffic is reduced to one lane west of Mower Co. Rd. 15 to east of Olmsted Co. Rd. 6. This will last through the end of the project in late August.
  • Beginning April 4: Eastbound entrance ramp to I-90 at Co. Rd. 6 is closed and detoured.
    • Go east on Co. Rd. 6 into Stewartville then north on Hwy 63 to the I-90 interchange.
  • Beginning April 25: Westbound I-90 motorists west of Stewartville will have single-lane traffic through the work zone near Olmsted Co. Rd. 6. This will last for approximately three weeks.
  • Beginning May 9: High Forest Rest Area will be closed while the facility work is taking place. Work is expected to be complete by mid-July.
  • Timeframe TBD: Detour will be required for the ramp work on Hwy 63 interchanges.