Access between the industrial area of Owatonna and points east of the freeway will change starting Monday, May 3. That's when the West Bridge Street Reconstruction project gets underway, initially with the closure of West Bridge between I-35 and Park Drive. The freeway interchange will remain open.

Officials indicate the project in its entirety will be going on for awhile, "Construction on West Bridge Street is anticipated to continue throughout the summer with traffic control changes occurring as work progresses. All work will be substantially complete no later than October 30, 2021."

The full project stretches to 24th Avenue and will include the construction of a roundabout at 24th and Bridge Street. See a visualized animation of the final result, created by ISG, who is engineering the work.

The advised detour to get from the industrial area to downtown Owatonna uses Old Highway 14/Hoffman Drive. Likewise, freeway traffic destined for points west of I-35 should use the Hoffman Drive exit.

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