Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Sept. 19, 2016

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Lane and ramp openings planned as Dresbach Bridge gets closer to completion

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists near the Dresbach Bridge construction site will encounter lane changes and some ramp openings on Interstate 90 and Highway 61 near La Crescent this month and early October, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

In the coming weeks, crews plan to open the northbound Hwy 61 ramp to westbound I-90 and the eastbound I-90 to southbound Hwy 61 traffic will be switched to its permanent ramp. Motorists should be alert in the construction zone for flaggers on northbound Highway 61 at times. Additionally, crews will be removing the crossover lanes on I-90, so traffic will be in the outside lanes to allow room for the work.

The work marks some of the final effort to get the project fully open to traffic as the Dresbach Bridge project moves closer to completion this fall.

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.

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

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