Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 1, 2020

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I-35 northbound rest area at Heath Creek to close May 4 for construction

FARIBAULT, Minn. – The northbound Interstate 35 Heath Creek Rest Area north of Faribault will close on May 4 until July while crews make improvements to the site, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Project work includes:

  • Repaving existing parking lots and access ramps
  • Reconstructing sidewalks along rest area parking lots
  • Upgrading and expanding parking lot lighting systems

Ulland Brothers is the contractor for the $2.6 million project.

To find a rest area in Minnesota, use MnDOT’s website search tool to learn about services and access at each site: mndot.gov/restareas.

To learn more about the project and sign up for email updates, go to MnDOT’s project website at mndot.gov/d6/projects/i35-heath-creek-nb. Join the southeastern Minnesota Facebook group facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast to hear about MnDOT construction projects and activities.

MnDOT road work has been identified as a critical service in Gov. Tim Walz’s Stay at Home executive order. Following guidance from state and federal health officials, and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, crews will maintain social distancing practices while working.

Important reminders for motorists regarding work zone safety:

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change
  • Watch for workers and slow moving equipment
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times

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