Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Sept. 2, 2016

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Westbound I-90 ramp to southbound Hwy 61 at Dresbach to open Sept. 2

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Westbound Interstate 90 motorists traveling to southbound Highway 61 toward La Crescent will begin using the fly under bridge Friday, Sept. 2, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The opening, which will occur later Friday afternoon, marks another step as the Dresbach Bridge project nears completion this fall.

Most recently, the westbound I-90 motorists wanting to go south on Highway 61 had to exit just west of the river bridge (currently the exit into the rest area and the boat ramps), and then follows ramps to a traffic signal to turn south. Prior to that, motorists were detoured to Dresbach and returned on I-90 eastbound to travel south on Highway 61.

Additionally, the eastbound I-90 ramp to southbound Highway 61 will be closed on Sept. 8 for about a week for pavement repairs. Motorists using this route will be moved to the ramp that also provides access to the rest area from eastbound I-90. Signs are in place to direct motorists.

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

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