Winter must be coming to a close as Minnesota prepares for its other season, road construction. The Minnesota Department of Transportation announces that the Steele County Road 18 Bridge over I-35 will be demoed starting March 12. This will result in I-35 southbound to be closed from 8PM March 14 till 8AM on March 15. Northbound I-35 will be closed from 8PM on March 15 till 8AM. I-35 Southbound motorists will be detoured on March 14 and Northbound traffic will be detoured on March 15.

The bridge replacement located just south of Owatonna is part of a bridge replacement project that includes 10 bridges being replaced over a two year period.  A total of 6 bridges over I-35 and 4 on Highway 14 are scheduled to be replaced. The Steele County Road 18 bridge was struck by a vehicle carrying construction equipment which helped lead to the decision to replace this bridge. This is the second year of the 2 year project.