Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

September 1, 2020

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I-35 north Straight River Rest Area temporarily closed Sept. 2 during planned power outage

OWATONNA, Minn. – The northbound Interstate 35 Straight River Rest Area will be temporarily closed on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. during a planned power outage, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The rest area is at mile marker 35 about 5 miles south of Hwy 14 at Owatonna.

The rest area for northbound traffic will reopen once Owatonna Public Utilities restores power on Wednesday afternoon.

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MnDOT reminds motorists entering work zones that safety is the responsibility of all:

  • 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.