Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 29, 2019

I-90 rest areas near Albert Lea/Austin close for construction work

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Construction on two Interstate 90 rest areas east of Albert Lea begins on June 3, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation
The rest areas will be closed during the construction through Nov. 9. Oakland Woods, which is on westbound I-90, is already closed because of a separate repaving project on the westbound lanes. Hayward, which is on eastbound I-90, closes June 3.

Ulland Brothers of Albert Lea is the prime contractor on the project that includes two more rest areas on Interstate 35, which will begin construction in 2020. Overall, the construction contract is $8.9 million to add more truck parking, improve pavement, lighting and accessibility.

To find a rest area in Minnesota, use MnDOT’s web site search tool to learn about services and access at each site: mndot.gov/restareas.

To learn more about the project or sign up for email updates, go to MnDOT’s project website at mndot.gov/d6/projects/i90-rest-areas.

You can also get updates on MnDOT construction projects and activities in southeastern Minnesota by joining our Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.