Construction on I-90 from the South Dakota border to east of Beaver Creek begins June 3
MANKATO, Minn. – Weather permitting, construction on eastbound and westbound Interstate 90 from the South Dakota border to east of Beaver Creek is expected to begin Friday, June 3, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
During the first stage of construction, traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction in the westbound lanes from the South Dakota border to Beaver Creek. The eastbound on and off ramps at Highway 23 will be closed. The eastbound Beaver Creek Rest Area located west of the South Dakota border will also be closed during this stage. Travel information will be available at the eastbound Adrian Rest Area. This first stage of construction is anticipated to last until early August.
During the second stage of construction, traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction in the eastbound lanes from the South Dakota border to Rock County Road 11. Construction will require on and off ramp closures on westbound I-90 at Highway 23 during this stage. On and off ramp closures will also be required at Rock County Road 6 for approximately one week for paving. The timing of the one-week ramp closures is yet to be determined, however, the ramps will be open during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
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.
Motorists are encouraged to visit the project website for detour and wayfinding maps.
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