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May 5, 2021

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Hwy 14 lane closure begins May 10 from I-35 to Steele CR 43 for cable median barrier installation

OWATONNA, Minn. — Hwy 14 motorists from east of Interstate 35 to Steele County Road 43 will encounter a left lane closure in the westbound lane beginning May 10 as crews start installing high-tension cable median barrier, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The westbound lane closure in Steele County will be about 4.4 miles in length. InSite Contracting is the prime contractor on the $617,877 project. Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of May, weather permitting.

Barriers are made of three or four steel cables strung on posts. The posts break and the cables flex when the barrier is struck, absorbing much of the kinetic energy, and redirecting the car along the median to prevent a cross-median crash.

MnDOT has evaluated the performance of cable median barriers and determined that nearly all the fatal and serious injury cross median crashes have been eliminated where the barrier has been installed.  There are restrictions on where cable median barrier can be installed but MnDOT is strategic in installations at locations with the highest risk of cross median crashes. Visit MnDOT’s cable median barriers website to learn more.

Safety

Motorists may encounter lane closures or lane shifts, uneven road surfaces, equipment and other unexpected obstacles when driving near or through work zones. MnDOT advises motorists to: 

  • Find up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions at 511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times
  • Go hands-free and minimize other distractions (e.g., don’t eat or drink while driving)
  • Follow posted speed limits; the fine for speeding in a work zone is $300
  • Avoid making lane changes within work zones

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