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August 2, 2021

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Eastbound I-90 rest area near Jackson closed for pavement reconstruction starting August 9

MANKATO, Minn. – The eastbound Interstate 90 Clear Lake Rest Area near Jackson will be closed starting Monday, August 9 for reconstruction of the parking lots and ramps, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The rest area is anticipated to re-open to the public with limited facilities in mid-September, after reconstruction of the oversized vehicle parking lot and ramps are complete. At that time, portable handicap accessible toilets will be available for travelers to use in the oversized vehicle parking lot. Reconstruction of the passenger vehicle parking lot will begin in early October, with construction anticipated to be complete by mid-November when the rest area will be fully open.
Paving of the westbound Des Moines rest area located west of Jackson is scheduled for 2022.
The eastbound and westbound Interstate 90 Des Moines and Clear Lake Rest Areas near Jackson have been under reconstruction since June 2020 with limited facilities to travelers including parking and portable bathrooms.
The original building sites were constructed back in 1974 and 1975. The new Clear Lake building and grounds are expected to be complete by mid-September but not open to the public until mid-November. The building and grounds at the Des Moines rest area are expected to reopen to the public by mid-October.  The improvements at the rest areas will include:

  • New energy efficient, ADA compliant buildings, picnic shelters and storage buildings
  • New site amenities, including accessible walking trails, children’s play area, fenced pet areas, landscaping and walkway lighting
  • Improved pedestrian and parking lot lighting
  • More space for truck parking to accommodate freight growth
  • Smoother pavement

The nearest I-90 eastbound rest area is at Blue Earth and the closest I-90 westbound rest area is at Adrian. To find a rest area in Minnesota, use MnDOT’s website search tool to learn about services and access at each site: www.mndot.gov/restareas.
Important reminders for motorists regarding work zone safety:

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change
  • Watch for workers and slow-moving equipment
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times