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Stewartville, MN (KROC AM News)  - A nighttime detour is scheduled to begin Monday in the Stewartville area.

Crews are expected to begin removing the southbound Highway 63 bridge that crosses I-90. The project was initially scheduled a week earlier but work was delayed because of the snowstorm that hit the region.

The detour is scheduled to be in effect Monday - Wednesday from 7:00 pm - 5:00 am. Work is being done during overnight hours to minimize the impact on traffic.

Westbound motorists will exit I-90 at Hwy 63 northbound, proceed north to the Hwy 30 west exit at the Rochester Airport, return to Hwy 63 going southbound and follow to I-90 where it rejoins the highway.

Eastbound motorists will exit I-90 at High Forest, follow Olmsted County Road 6 east into Stewartville, then north on Hwy 63 to reconnect to I-90.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says motorists trying to reach I-90 from Highway 63 during the bridge project will follow these planned detours:

  • Northbound Hwy 63 to westbound I-90:
  • Motorists go north to the Hwy 30/Olmsted County Road 8 exit at the airport, return to southbound Hwy 63 and connect with westbound I-90 on-ramp.
  • Southbound Hwy 63 to eastbound I-90: Motorists travel south to 20th Street and do a U-turn to travel north on Hwy 63 to use the I-90 eastbound on-ramp.
  • Westbound I-90 to southbound Hwy 63 follow same route during bridge deck removal.

The northbound Highway 63 bridge at I-90 was replaced last year. Besides installing new bridges, MnDOT says the $15.4-million project includes:

  • Hwy 30 west is being rerouted
  • some I-90 exit ramps will be added or realigned
  • access to 90th Street SE will be closed and rerouted.

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