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March 22, 2023

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MnDOT to host public open house April 6 in Blue Earth for a two-year I-90 construction project

Construction expected to begin mid-April

MANKATO, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public to attend an in-person open house on Thursday, April 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The 10 Talents Art Center, 710 East 14th Street, Blue Earth, to learn about the upcoming 2023-24 Interstate 90 project from Blue Earth to Highway 22 south of Wells, and prepare for construction expected to begin in mid-April. There is no formal presentation planned, and people are welcome to arrive anytime.
Staff from MnDOT will be present at the open house to provide more information about the project and answer questions.

Approximately twenty miles of I-90 from two miles west of Highway 169 at Blue Earth to Highway 22 south of Wells will be resurfaced. Both eastbound and westbound I-90 will be improved, as well as ramps, bridges, culverts, and lighting along the project. The westbound lanes, ramps and rest area will be under construction in 2023, with eastbound under construction in 2024.

Traffic impacts

Weather permitting, construction on westbound I-90 is expected to begin in mid-April and be completed by late October. 

While I-90 traffic will be maintained with two-way traffic, with one lane in each direction in the eastbound lanes, ramps at interchanges will be closed at varying times during construction. The westbound I-90 rest area located just west of Blue Earth will also be temporarily closed for approximately two months during this year’s construction project. Visit the I-90 project website for detour information.

Project benefits and costs

Benefits of the project include improved pavement, bridges, drainage, and lighting. Other benefits include improved sidewalks at the Blue Earth Rest Areas to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. PCiRoads was awarded the design-build project with a bid of $80,192,151.70.

Stay connected

  • Those who are unable to attend the open house or prefer to get information online can visit the I-90 project website for more information, to sign up for email and text message updates, and staff contacts.

MnDOT invites and encourages participation by all.  If you need an ASL, foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, or need documents in an alternative format (such as braille or large print), please email your request to Janet Miller at adarequest.dot@state.mn.us or call 651-366-4720.