Brief I-90 eastbound off-ramp closures scheduled May 25, 26 for paving at High Forest, Stewartville
STEWARTVILLE, Minn. — Motorists on eastbound Interstate 90 in Olmsted County will encounter brief off-ramp closures at High Forest (Olmsted County Road 6) and Stewartville (Hwy 63) on May 25 and 26, while crews repave the ramps, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Rochester Sand and Gravel, the MnDOT contractor, will be repaving the ramps and doing paving work on eastbound lanes next week. Traffic will remain in single lanes eastbound through the end of the project in late August.
Motorists should follow signs during the work on the off-ramps. They can use the Hwy 63 ramp while County Road 6 is closed and use the County Road 6 off-ramp when the Hwy 63 ramp is closed. The ramps will be closed just during the work to remove the pavement and again to pave the ramps but will be open each day by evening.
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 is closed but is scheduled to reopen in July.
- 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
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
- 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