Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

July 23, 2018

I-35 traffic changes near Faribault start July 27 for paving project, delays expected

FARIBAULT, Minn. – Motorists on Interstate 35 near Faribault will be moved into single lane traffic in each direction in the northbound lanes beginning Friday, July 27, as crews begin southbound concrete paving work, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Southbound traffic will cross over to the northbound lanes. Significant traffic delays are expected at times because of the traffic volume on I-35, especially on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Crews will pave approximately 4 miles of southbound I-35 from Rice County Road 9 to Highway 21 with an unbonded concrete overlay. Additionally, crews will repave the Highway 21 exit ramp, extend the deceleration lane off southbound I-35 to Highway 21 and repair culverts along I-35.

Shafer Contracting Co., Inc. of Shafer, Minn. is the prime contractor on this $8 million project. Construction is expected to be completed in fall of 2018.

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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