Construction begins May 4 for I-90 resurfacing project, east of Albert Lea to Austin

Published 1:01 pm Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Motorists will encounter detours on Interstate 90 east of Albert Lea to Austin when crews begin a paving project on Monday, May 4, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. 

The $14.5 million project includes resurfacing eastbound I-90 from Freeborn County Road 46, east of Albert Lea, to Hwy 105 in Austin. In addition, a minimal amount of culvert work will impact westbound and eastbound traffic. 

The following detours will be in place for eastbound I-90 motorists using traffic ramps for Freeborn County Road 46 and Hwy 105: 

  • The entrance to eastbound I-90 from Freeborn County Road 46 will be closed and motorists will follow a detour on Freeborn County Road 46 to I-90 in Austin. 
  • Exit from eastbound I-90 to Freeborn County Road 46 will be closed. Motorists are to exit at Freeborn County Road 26 and follow it to Freeborn County Road 46. 
  • Exit from eastbound I-90 to Hwy 105 will be closed. Motorists are to exit at Hwy 218/14th St NW and take 14th St NW to Hwy 105. 

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The project is scheduled to be completed in November. 

Motorists can find more information on the plans and sign up for email updates at the MnDOT project website at or join MnDOT’s SE Minnesota Facebook group at

MnDOT road work has been identified as a critical service in Gov. Tim Walz’s stay at home executive order. MnDOT is being as flexible as possible with schedules during this period of lower traffic volumes to keep projects moving forward and minimize the impact to motorists. Following guidance from state and federal health officials, and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, crews will maintain social distancing practices while working. 

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.