Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Oct. 15, 2019

I-35 southbound off-ramp traffic signal in Owatonna in flashing red mode during repairs

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The southbound Interstate 35 off-ramp traffic signal at Bridge Street in Owatonna will be in flashing red mode beginning Wednesday, Oct. 16 for approximately two weeks, while crews replace the foundation and the signal pole that was damaged by a vehicle crash, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The traffic signal pole and its foundation were damaged in August during a vehicle crash. A MnDOT contractor is replacing the foundation and the signal, so the current signal will be in red flashing mode, meaning motorists must stop before proceeding when it’s safe to do so. Westbound traffic on Bridge Street will have stop signs to help regulate the traffic.

The new concrete foundation for the replacement signal pole will take approximately one week to cure or achieve the needed strength to hold the pole. The pole will be replaced and the signal connected, so it can be operational. The work is expected to take approximately two weeks, weather permitting.

You can also get updates on MnDOT construction projects and activities in southeastern Minnesota by joining our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast.

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 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.