Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

.April 8, 2016

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I-90 Dresbach Bridge traffic changes take effect as final construction season begins

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The last motorists traveled across the old Interstate 90 Dresbach Bridge on Thursday night, April 7, as construction crews continue to prepare the new crossings for traffic and the old bridge for demolition, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Traffic was switched to single lane in each direction next to each other on I-90 at about 8:15 p.m., Thursday. Both directions of I-90 traffic are using the new eastbound bridge to cross the Mississippi River at the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.

Construction continues on the new westbound crossing, which will open to limited traffic during the summer. The $187.5 million river bridge project is starting its final year.

Meanwhile, Ames Construction, the contractor, is readying the old bridge for demolition, which will begin next week and continue through this construction season. Ames is scheduled to complete the entire project by Nov. 15.

Motorists traveling through the construction zone will encounter traffic changes. Eastbound I-90 motorists traveling over the Mississippi River should use the crossover lane on the west end of the construction zone to continue their eastbound route.

Eastbound I-90 motorists, who want to travel onto southbound Highway 61, should proceed past the crossover and look for signs to take the left exit to proceed south. A traffic signal controls traffic just after the exit, so motorists should be slowed and prepared to stop.

The Dresbach Bridge project is a cooperative effort between the Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation. 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.

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

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