Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 7, 2018

Northbound I-35 overnight detour south of Owatonna planned May 10 for bridge work

OWATONNA, Minn. – Northbound Interstate 35 motorists south of Owatonna will be detoured for six hours on May 10 as crews work on bridge beams across I-35, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Crews will be working on bridge beams for the Steele County Road 18 bridge that crosses I-35. The detour route is: I-35 Exit 26 to Highway 30 east to Steele County Road 45 north to Highway 14 west where it rejoins I-35 at Owatonna. The detour will be from 8 p.m. Thursday to 2 a.m. Friday.

On Hwy 14 westbound motorists who want to travel north on I-35 will 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 over two years 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.