Motorists can expect lane closures on Interstate 35 between Rice County Road 9 and the Heath Creek Rest Area beginning Monday, July 30, when crews begin concrete repair work.
The project includes repairing the concrete pavement on the northbound and southbound lanes and resurfacing the Rice County Road 1 exit and entrance ramps and shoulders.
The ramps will be closed during resurfacing. Motorists should follow the posted detour, which includes Rice County Road 1, Rice County Road 46, Highway 19 and I-35.
When the project is complete in late September, motorists will experience a smoother ride surface and a safer highway.
Interstate Improvement Inc. is the prime contractor for the $2.5 million project.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.
Editor's note: From the Minnesota Department of Transportation