Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 3, 2020

Construction on I-90 Fairmont to Blue Earth eastbound lanes starts in late April

MANKATO, Minn. — Weather permitting, eastbound Interstate 90 from Fairmont to Blue Earth will begin to close for construction the week of April 27. 

Faribault County Road 1 (Guckeen) bridge over I-90 will close for construction as early as April 20 and the associated ramps with I-90 will close the following week.

Westbound I-90 traffic should also expect some short-term lane closures during the week of April 20 as crews set barriers.

I-90 traffic will be carried one lane each way in the westbound lanes with reduced speeds for the duration of the project. Completion is expected in October.

Following guidance from state health officials and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, MnDOT crews will maintain social distancing practices while working. 

Fairmont area motorists are reminded that the Highway 15 ramps will close for about three weeks at a date to be determined and announced later.

This is the second year of a two-year project; the westbound lanes of I-90 were constructed last year.

The 2019-20 project includes resurfacing the 16 miles of both westbound (2019) and eastbound (2020) interstate lanes with concrete for a long-term fix as well as making improvements at bridges, culverts and drainage pipes. The project also includes adding interchange lighting at County Highways 53 and 1.  More information and maps of the traffic impacts can be found at mndot.gov/d7/projects/i90fairmontblueearth.

Croell, Inc. of New Hampton, Iowa was awarded the project with a bid of $38,540,707.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit 511mn.org

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