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Construction on I-35 delayed by weather

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OWATONNA — Work to install automatic traffic recorders on Interstate 35 north of Owatonna has been delayed by cold weather and is expected to start April 22, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The project is delayed because of unseasonable cold temperatures. The grout used to seal the automatic traffic recorders into the pavement requires warmer temperatures to cure.

The work was expected to begin today, but the cold weather forced the contractor to delay the completion of the work. When the work begins, motorists on I-35 north of Owatonna will encounter lane closures.

The work is expected to take three days. The work in Steele County is near mile marker 46 and is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. April 22. Construction will start just north of the Clinton Falls interchange (No. 45). Motorists will experience single-lane closures on northbound and southbound I-35.

The project is a carryover from last year when winter temperatures ceased work.

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During traffic backups, motorists should use both lanes and take turns merging into the construction zone, where single-lane traffic begins. This method reduces rear-end crashes and improves traffic flow.

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