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STEWARTVILLE, Minn. — Interstate 90 motorists will be detoured 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28, while crews pour the Hwy 63 concrete bridge deck over the highway north of Stewartville, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The daytime closure and detour of I-90 is being done for safety as crews pour concrete for the new Hwy 63 northbound bridge over I-90. If weather postpones the work on Friday, crews will do the work on Saturday, Aug. 29.
During the I-90 detour, westbound motorists will exit I-90 at Hwy 52 (Exit 218) north to Rochester, Hwy 63 south to I-90 where it rejoins the highway. Eastbound motorists will exit I-90 at High Forest (Exit 205) follow Olmsted County Road 6 east into Stewartville, then north on Hwy 63 to connect again with I-90. A map is linked here.
Meanwhile, eastbound I-90 motorists who want to travel north on Hwy 63 continue to be detoured at Exit 205, cross the highway and follow Olmsted County Road 6 west a short distance to Olmsted County Road 8 north. Follow Olmsted 8 to Olmsted County Road 16 east to Hwy 63 near Rochester International Airport. The ramp for eastbound I-90 to southbound Hwy 63 remains open at Exit 209A at Stewartville.
Motorists should also be aware of changes that affect Olmsted 8 and Hwy 30:
- Stop sign changes at Hwy 30/ Olmsted 8 – the intersection at Hwy 30 and Olmsted 8 will be changed. Motorists on Hwy 30 will need to stop at a stop sign before turning north or south onto Olmsted 8. Motorists on Olmsted 8 will not have a stop sign.
- Hwy 30 detour – the intersection of Hwy 30 west and Hwy 63 is closed and rerouted. Hwy 63 motorists who want to access Hwy 30 west of Hwy 63 will exit at Olmsted County Road 16, (the interchange that serves Rochester International Airport), travel west to Olmsted 8 south to Hwy 30 west.
During the two-year construction project both Hwy 63 bridges will be replaced, Hwy 30 west rerouted, some I-90 exit ramps will be added or realigned and the access to 90th Street SE will be closed and rerouted.
Construction will take place in 2020 and 2021 to complete this $15,419,780 project. Mathiowetz Construction Co., of Sleepy Eye, Minn., is the prime contractor. Motorists can find more information on the plans and sign up for email updates at the MnDOT project website at mndot.gov/d6/projects/hwy63-i90-interchange or join MnDOT’s SE Minnesota Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast/.
Crews continue to follow the guidance of state and federal health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.