Austin prepares for I-90 repairs

Published 9:21 am Wednesday, March 13, 2013

AUSTIN — Barring rough weather, construction on Interstate 90 from Highway 105 to Mower County Road 19 should start next month.

Minnesota Department of Transportation officials said the scheduled project, which will reduce I-90 to one lane in each direction, will start next month as long as the weather holds.

The project involves fixing faulty concrete pavement along I-90, which means workers will essentially dig up decaying concrete patches and replacing it with new concrete.

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MnDOT road crews will temporarily shut down several exits along the Austin corridor during the project, according to Kristin Kammueller, MnDOT spokesperson.

Kammueller urged drivers to take caution when traveling down I-90 during the project, which will go through June.

“They are really going to want to slow down,” she said. “With this type of work, the crews are going to be out next to the traffic.”

The project should result in smoother roads and will cost about $6.5 million.