Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Aug. 10, 2016

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Traffic to begin using both new I-90 Mississippi River crossings at Dresbach

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists on Interstate 90 will begin using both Mississippi River crossings on the new Dresbach Bridge beginning Thursday, Aug. 11, as another piece of the Dresbach Bridge construction draws the project closer to completion, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Currently, westbound motorists have been using one lane of the new eastbound bridge along with the eastbound I-90 motorists. Traffic will switch on Thursday with the westbound I-90 motorists using the westbound bridge and the eastbound I-90 motorists using the eastbound bridge. Traffic in both directions will remain single lane across the Mississippi River to allow construction crews to continue working on the median areas on both sides of the bridge.

Traffic on the Minnesota side will remain head-to-head in the westbound lanes, but motorists will be switched by Monday evening, so eastbound traffic will travel in the eastbound lanes and westbound traffic will remain in westbound lanes.

Earlier this week, motorists also began using the new exit from eastbound I-90 to join southbound Highway 61 to La Crescent. There will be no access from this exit for about a month to the Dresbach Welcome Center, Lock and Dam No. 7 and adjacent fishing ramps. That area will still be accessible from northbound Highway 61 and westbound I-90.

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.

The $187.5 million project began in late 2012 and will be completed this fall.
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.

Visit www.mndot.gov/dresbachbridge or www.facebook.com/DresbachBridge for more information about the Dresbach Bridge.

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