Why you can’t drive west on Bridge Street past I-35
Westbound traffic on West Bridge at Owatonna has been closed on Interstate 35 since early May. Initially, the word did not come out so well. I frequently exit I-35 heading south at Bridge. And every day I saw a vehicle making an illegal U-turn when the driver realized he was limited to only heading south on the freeway.
Signage has improved from the early days with access to the industrial and business area via Hoffman Drive / Old Highway 14 after a short drive on I-35. An update on the West Bridge reconstruction project of Owatonna Town has an estimated completion date of October 30. All entrances and exits of I-35 remain open during construction.
Once completed, a new roundabout will be in place at West Bridge and 24th Avenue. Work at the time of this update indicated that the removal of aggregate and storage of pavement materials was complete. Then, the storm sewer and culvert work was carried out.
The project has a number of phases and detour routes will change during construction. The current phase is expected to end around June 11.
Owatonna sees the start of major road works and other construction projects.
Speaking of roads, don’t be like that guy who got pulled over to sleep behind the wheel while driving over 80 miles an hour. Or like this driver, who hit a moose.