Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 11, 2019

Two I-90 rest area buildings near Rochester are closed because power is out

ROCHESTER, Minn. — (11:30 a.m.)  Two Interstate 90 rest area buildings are closed because power is out at the facilities, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Freezing rain has downed power lines in the region and has knocked out power at the Marion and High Forest rest areas. The Marion Rest Area is east of Rochester on westbound I-90 and High Forest Rest Area is west of Rochester on eastbound I-90. The parking areas at both sites remain open for motorists, but the buildings are locked until power can be re-established.

Motorists should review MnDOT’s road conditions map for current conditions at www.511mn.org. Conditions are changing and will be adjusted. MnDOT has 101 snowplows on the state highways in southeast Minnesota.

MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe and motorists should remember to:

  • Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions
  • Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into a snow cloud
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions
  • Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt
  • Turn off the cruise control
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip
  • Don’t drive distracted
  • Check MnDOT’s road conditions map at www.511mn.org

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store

To learn more about road conditions, highway construction and other southeast Minnesota MnDOT news, join the MnDOT Southeast Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.