About this project
I-90 motorists who use the 28th St. NE exit on Austin’s east side will begin detours on May 12.
The project begins May 10 and the bridge that crosses I-90 will close May 12 as crews prepare for its demolition. Traffic that uses the bridge will begin detours on May 12.
- Eastbound I-90 traffic (coming from Austin) that wants to reach locations on the north side of the 28th St. NE bridge will continue past Exit 181 for 3 miles to Exit 183. Motorists will turn north (left) at the off-ramp on Hwy 56, turning west (left) on 220th St. to travel west to reach 28th St. NE on the north side of the bridge.
- Westbound I-90 traffic that wants to reach locations on the side of 28th St. NE or Mower County Road 58 will use Exit 183, turn south (left) on Hwy 56 and then west (right) on 215th St.
- Southbound traffic on 28th St. NE that wants to cross the bridge or enter eastbound I-90 will detour by entering westbound I-90 and using Exit 180B, crossing I-90, entering eastbound I-90 or exiting at Exit 181 to then travel south on 28th St. NE.
- Northbound traffic on 28th St. NE that wants to cross the bridge or travel westbound on I-90 will travel east (right) on 215th Street to Hwy 56, turn north (left) to reach I-90. Motorists will enter westbound I-90 and continue or use Exit 181 to reach northside destinations or continue on 28th St. NE.
From May 14-17, construction crews will be removing the 28th St. NE bridge over I-90. During that time, I-90 traffic will be routed up and down the highway ramps because crews will be knocking down the current bridge over the highway. Work will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 14 and be completed by 6 a.m., Monday, May 17, when traffic will resume through travel on I-90 at that time.
Short-term traffic ramp detours will occur during the project and will be announced in advance. Crews will be repaving or reconstructing the ramps during the bridge replacement.
Residents or businesses adjacent to the work zone may contact Mike Myers with Kraemer North American, the contractor, to discuss specific questions or concerns about access to their properties. Myers can be reached at 612-290-9830.
In 2020, Minnesota Department of Transportation split up its Austin bridge replacements project. Construction of the 28th St. NE bridge in 2021 is as planned. The Hwy 218/14th St. NW construction was deferred to 2022 to allow for additional design work.
Summary of work
Starting May 10, 2021, MnDOT is planning to replace a bridge over I-90 in Austin at 28th St. NE. The bridge is nearing the end of its service life. In 2022, the bridge over I-90 at 14th St. NW will be replaced. Plans are underway to further study the design work on this bridge.
The reconstruction is part of a larger planning effort to update aging community infrastructure over the next decade along the I-90 corridor.