Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Feb. 29, 2016

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Motorists cautioned about new traffic signal at I-90 exit to Highway 61 near Dresbach Bridge

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Eastbound Interstate 90 motorists are cautioned to be alert for a new traffic signal shortly after they exit to southbound Highway 61 near the Dresbach Bridge project, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The changes begin Tuesday, March 1.

The signal is located immediately after motorists exit for Highway 61 to travel toward La Crescent, Minnesota. It stops traffic after the exit to allow for traffic that has exited from westbound I-90 to turn south on Highway 61. Motorists should use slower speeds immediately after the exit and be prepared to stop. It’s possible vehicles will already be stopped and queued up.

Changeable message signs will be in place warning motorists of the changes as motorists adjust to the new signal. Additionally, an advance warning flasher is in place to further remind motorists of the changes at the exit.

The signal is one piece of several changes in exits and detours taking place on March 1 as the Dresbach Bridge project enters its final year of construction.

Other changes include:

  • The northbound Highway 61 ramp to eastbound I-90 will be closed. Motorists from La Crescent, Minn., will take the ramp to westbound I-90 and take the Dresbach exit (273B) to eastbound I-90 to continue east into Wisconsin. This closure will remain into the summer.
  • Westbound I-90 traffic heading to southbound Highway 61 toward La Crescent will no longer need to detour through the Dresbach exit. Now, westbound I-90 traffic heading to southbound Highway 61 will exit just west of the river bridge (currently the exit into the rest area and the boat ramps). Motorists should follow the ramp to the bottom and turn left to cross the two bridges. There will be a temporary traffic signal, which was mentioned above in this news release. At the signal, turn left and enter onto the ramp to southbound Highway 61. This route will be in effect through the construction season.

Maps of both detours accompany this news release.

The traffic changes are a signal that the $187.5 million river bridge project is entering its final year. Completion is expected in fall 2016.

The Dresbach Bridge project is a cooperative effort between the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation and will continue into the fall. The project includes constructing a new I-90 crossing over the Mississippi River and reconstructing the Highway 61/14 and the I-90 interchange.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.
For more information about the Dresbach Bridge project and detour, visit www.mndot.gov /dresbachbridge or www.facebook.com/DresbachBridge.

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Westbound I-90 to southbound Hwy 61
Northbound Hwy 61 to eastbound I-90