Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Sept. 1, 2017

Northbound I-35 Straight River Rest Area reopens after construction south of Owatonna

OWATONNA, Minn. — The newly constructed Straight River Rest Area is open again for northbound I-35 motorists about 7 miles south of Owatonna, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation
The rest area had been closed since the November 2015 when the old building was demolished. Reconstruction of the new building and site began in 2016.

The new facility features LED lighting, prairie restoration plantings, increased truck parking, a leash-free fenced in pet walking area, an observation deck, family restroom facilities, a new playground and picnic facilities. MnDOT photos accompany the release.

The $4.98 million project was completed by prime contractor The Joseph Company, Inc. from Austin Minn.

To find a rest area in Minnesota, use MnDOT’s web site search tool to learn about services and access at each site: www.dot.state.mn.us/restareas/find.html.

The rest area is near a bridge replacement project on I-35 and Highway 14 south of Owatonna where 10 bridges are being replaced. Two additional bridges are being replaced on I-35 near the site after they were damaged by a vehicle in the spring. Motorists interested in more information about the bridge 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.