Repaving work has been completed on the I-90 eastbound off-ramp at Hwy 56 and motorists again are able to use it as part the detour route for the 28th St. NE bridge project in Austin.
The opening of Hwy 56 westbound on-ramp has been delayed due to an equipment breakdown. It is now expected to open on Friday, June 25.
Other detours remain in effect as noted under Traffic impacts below.
Summary of work
On May 10, 2021, MnDOT started replacement of a bridge over I-90 in Austin at 28th St. NE. The bridge was nearing the end of its service life.
The reconstruction is part of a larger planning effort to update aging community infrastructure over the next decade along the I-90 corridor. In 2020, Minnesota Department of Transportation split up its Austin bridge replacements project. Construction of the 28th St. NE bridge in 2021 is as planned. The Hwy 218/14th St. NW construction was deferred to 2022 to allow for additional design work.
Current traffic impacts
Westbound I-90 traffic that wants to reach locations on the south side of 28th St. NE or Mower County Road 58 will use Exit 183, turn south (left) on Hwy 56 and then west (right) on 215th St.
Southbound traffic on 28th St. NE that wants to cross the bridge or enter eastbound I-90 will detour by entering westbound I-90 and using Exit 180B, crossing I-90, entering eastbound I-90 or exiting at Exit 181 to then travel south on 28th St. NE.
Northbound traffic on 28th St. NE that wants to cross the bridge or travel westbound on I-90 will travel east (right) on 215th Street to Hwy 56, turn north (left) to reach I-90.
Motorists will enter westbound I-90 and continue or use Exit 181 to reach northside destinations or continue on 28th St. NE.
Upcoming traffic impacts
Ramps to/from 28th St. NE at I-90 will be closed for short-term durations during the projects. MnDOT will announce closures prior to the construction work and post a specific detour map for that ramp closure when they occur.
Resident and business access
Residents or businesses adjacent to the work zone may contact Mike Myers with Kraemer North American, the contractor, to discuss specific questions or concerns about access to their properties. Myers can be reached at 612-290-9830.