Traffic control changes on I-90 from the South Dakota border to east of Beaver Creek begin August 15
Eastbound Beaver Creek Rest area to reopen August 15
MANKATO, Minn. – Motorists traveling on Interstate 90 from the South Dakota border to east of Beaver Creek should expect changes in traffic control starting Monday, August 15, as crews move to the second stage of construction, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Starting Monday, August 15 until Wednesday, August 17, traffic will temporarily be reduced to a single lane in each direction in the eastbound and westbound lanes from the South Dakota border to west of Luverne.
The eastbound Beaver Creek Rest Area located west of the South Dakota border is also expected to reopen to the public on August 15. The rest area has been closed since the start of construction in early June.
Beginning August 17, traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction in the eastbound lanes from the South Dakota border to west of Luverne. Construction during this stage will require entrance and exit ramp closures on westbound I-90 at Highway 23 and the entrance ramp closure at County Road 4. Ramp closures will also be required at Rock County Road 6 for approximately one week for paving, with the timing yet to be determined.
During the final stage of construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction from the South Dakota border to east of Luverne.
Construction on I-90 is expected to be complete in November, weather permitting. The project includes a concrete pavement overlay on the eastbound and westbound lanes and reconstruction of shoulders. The project also includes the extension of outside ramp shoulders for truck parking, guardrail repair and improved drainage with the cleaning, repair and replacement of culverts and pipes.
Duininck, Inc. was awarded the project with a bid of $22,483,064.90.
Important reminders for motorists regarding work zone safety:
- Drive the speed limit. It helps create a consistent, more predictable traffic flow for everyone.
- Don’t drive distracted. Drivers need to be alert especially in work zones, which constantly change due to lane shifts, closures and moving workers and vehicles.
- Move over to give workers room to safely complete their work.
- Avoid unnecessary lane changes.
- Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times.