Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Aug. 29, 2019

I-90 Hayward rest area to close Sept. 3 for construction, Oakland Woods to open soon

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – The eastbound Interstate 90 Hayward Rest Area will close on Sept. 3 for construction, while the westbound I-90 Oakland Woods Rest Area is expected to open in September, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Hayward, which is east of Albert Lea, will be closed Sept. 3 into early November for repaving, sidewalk and ADA work. Oakland Woods is adjacent to a separate repaving project on the I-90 westbound lanes. It has been closed for expansion of parking and repaving work. It’s expected to open sometime in September.

The I-90 rest areas will be done this year, followed by similar work on two more rest areas on Interstate 35, which will begin construction in 2020. Those rest areas are Heath Creek for northbound I-35 and Straight River for southbound I-35. Overall, the construction contract is $8.9 million to add more truck parking, improve pavement, lighting and accessibility. Ulland Brothers of Albert Lea is the prime contractor on the project.

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/.html

To learn more about the project or sign up for email updates, go to MnDOT’s project website at https://www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/i90-rest-areas/index.html.

To learn more about MnDOT projects, construction and other new in southeast Minnesota, join the MnDOT SE Minnesota Facebook group, facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast.