Construction scheduled to begin April 20 for Hwy 63/I-90 interchange improvement project
STEWARTVILLE, Minn. — Hwy 63 motorists can expect lane closures between Rochester International Airport and Stewartville beginning April 20 as construction begins on the Highway 63/Interstate 90 interchange.
Additionally, Hwy 30 west will be closed and detoured for the duration of the project.
Mathiowetz Construction, a MnDOT contractor, will begin building the crossover lanes to move traffic once construction starts to replace the Hwy 63 bridges over Interstate 90. Hwy 30 west from Hwy 63 will be closed and detoured. Motorists traveling east from Hayfield will follow Olmsted County Road 8 north to Olmsted County Road 16 east to connect with Hwy 63 at the interchange near the airport. Motorists on Hwy 63 wanting to use Hwy 30 west should use the route in reverse.
During the two-year construction project both Hwy 63 bridges will be replaced, Hwy 30 west rerouted, some I-90 exit ramps will be added or realigned and the access to 90th Street SE will be closed and rerouted.
After the crossover lanes are completed, traffic will be switched to single lanes with vehicles traveling north and south in the southbound lanes. Construction will then begin in the northbound lanes, which will be closed to traffic during this construction year with the northbound bridge being replaced and both directions of traffic using the southbound bridge over I-90.
Construction will take place in 2020 and 2021 to complete this $15,419,780 project. Detours are planned at the I-90 intersection with Hwy 63. Motorists can find more information on the plans and sign up for email updates at the MnDOT project website at mndot.gov/d6/projects/hwy63-i90-interchange or join MnDOT’s SE Minnesota Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast.
MnDOT road work has been identified as a critical service in Governor Walz’s Stay at Home executive order and will continue. MnDOT is working to be as flexible as possible with scheduling during this period of lower traffic volumes to keep projects moving forward in a timely manner. Following guidance from state health officials and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, crews will maintain physical distancing practices while working.