The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced this week that Interstate 90 motorists in Austin will be detoured up and down the exit- and on-ramps at 28th St. NE from 7 p.m. this (Thursday) evening to 6 a.m. on Friday, October 1st while crews pour concrete for the new bridge deck.
Motorists will be directed up and down the ramps during the work and should follow the signs.
If the work is postponed because of weather, MnDOT expects the work to occur sometime later this week or the week of Oct. 4.
A height restriction of 14.5 feet under the bridge remains in place when traffic is allowed under the bridge and will continue into October. Trucks exceeding the height limit must use the traffic ramps to avoid going under the bridge during this time.
Other detours remain in place.
· Eastbound I-90 motorists (coming from Austin) who want to reach locations on the north side of the 28th St. NE bridge will continue past Exit 181 for 3 miles to Exit 183. Motorists will turn north (left) at the off-ramp on Hwy 56, turning west (left) on 220th St. to travel west to reach 28th St. NE on the north side of the bridge.
· Westbound I-90 motorists who want to reach locations on the south side of 28th St. NE or Mower County Road 58 will use Exit 183, turn south (left) on Hwy 56 and then west (right) on 215th St.
· Southbound motorists on 28th St. NE who want to cross the bridge or enter eastbound I-90 will detour by entering westbound I-90 and using Exit 180B, crossing I-90, entering eastbound I-90 or exiting at Exit 181 to then travel south on 28th St. NE.
· Northbound motorists on 28th St. NE who want to cross the bridge or travel westbound on I-90 will travel east (right) on 215th Street to Hwy 56, turn north (left) to reach I-90. Motorists will enter westbound I-90 and continue or use Exit 181 to reach northside destinations or continue on 28th St. NE.