Detour begins May 18 for eastbound I-90 motorists going north on Hwy 63 to Rochester
STEWARTVILLE, Minn. —Eastbound Interstate 90 motorists exiting to go on northbound Hwy 63 toward Rochester will encounter a detour beginning May 18, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
I-90 motorists who are eastbound will be detoured at Exit 205, cross the highway and follow Olmsted County Road 6 west a short distance to Olmsted County Road 8 north. Follow Olmsted 8 to Olmsted County Road 16 east to Hwy 63 near Rochester International Airport. The ramp for eastbound I-90 to southbound Hwy 63 remains open at Exit 209A at Stewartville.
Motorists should also be aware of changes that affect Olmsted 8 and Hwy 30:
- Stop sign changes at Hwy 30/ Olmsted 8 – the intersection at Hwy 30 and Olmsted 8 will be changed. Motorists on Hwy 30 will need to stop at a stop sign before turning north or south onto Olmsted 8. Motorists on Olmsted 8 will not have a stop sign.
- Hwy 30 detour – the intersection of Hwy 30 west and Hwy 63 is closed and rerouted. Hwy 63 motorists who want to access Hwy 30 west of Hwy 63 will exit at Olmsted County Road 16, (the interchange that serves Rochester International Airport), travel west to Olmsted 8 south to Hwy 30 west.
Lane closures on Hwy 63 between Rochester International Airport and Stewartville continue.
Mathiowetz Construction, a MnDOT contractor, are building crossover lanes to move traffic once construction starts to replace the Hwy 63 bridges over Interstate 90.
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 Gov. Tim Walz’s Stay at Home executive order. Following guidance from state and federal health officials, and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, crews will maintain social distancing practices while working.