County Road 5 detour begins Monday along I-35

Published 2:50 pm Wednesday, May 10, 2023

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Motorists who travel on Freeborn County Road 5 at Interstate 35 near Albert Lea should be alert for a detour as crews begin painting bridge beams on Monday, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Motorists will need to detour around where Freeborn County Road 5 crosses under I-35. County Road 5 will be closed during the painting process. The project is scheduled to be completed by June 23.

Motorists should slow down and pay attention as they approach a work zone. MnDOT advises motorists to:

  • Obey posted speed limits. The fine for speeding in a work zone is $300.
  • Drive undistracted. Avoid using phones, mobile devices, adjusting the radio – even eating – while in work zones.
  • Move over. Give workers room to safely complete their work.
  • Know before you go. Get information about traffic and road conditions at or download the free 511mn app at Google Play or the App Store.
  • Be patient. Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Do the zipper merge.
  • Avoid making unnecessary lane changes.
  • Never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.
  • Expect work zones to constantly change. Day to day you could experience lane shifts, closures, narrower lanes, moving workers and vehicles.
  • To learn more, go to MnDOT’s summer work zone website.

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