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April. 29, 2022

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High Forest I-90 eastbound rest area to close May 9 for construction

STEWARTVILLE, Minn. – The High Forest Interstate 90 rest area that serves eastbound motorists west of Stewartville will close on May 9 as part of the repaving and bridge pier project, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Rochester Sand and Gravel, the MnDOT contractor will be repaving the parking lot, doing pipe work, replacing and improving walkways. Work on the rest area is expected to be complete by mid-July.

Other work on the project continues, including traffic on eastbound I-90 is reduced to a single lane west of Mower County Road 15 to east of Olmsted County Road 6.

Additionally, the eastbound entrance ramp to I-90 at County Road 6 is closed and detoured. The signed detour for motorists on County Road 6 wanting to enter eastbound I-90 is to follow Country Road 6 eastbound into Stewartville, go north on Hwy 63 to the I-90 interchange.

Westbound I-90 is single-lane traffic and will remain that way until May 16. The eastbound single-lane traffic will remain through the end of the project in late August.

Overall, the project includes:

  • Resurfacing approximately 8.6 miles of I-90 eastbound from 2.5 miles east of Mower County Road 1 to .9 miles east of Hwy 63 in Olmsted County
  • Resurfacing interchange ramps at County Road 6 and Hwy 63
  • Improving and repairing guardrail and drainage throughout project
  • Resurfacing the car parking lot of High Forest Rest Area and improving entrance/exit ramps and facility accessibility. The High Forest Rest Area for eastbound traffic will be closed beginning June 8 for paving work.
  • Improving four bridges:
    • I-90 eastbound bridge over Root River
    • I-90 westbound bridge over Root River
    • County Road 6 bridge over I-90
    • County Road 15 bridge over I-90

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.
  • 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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