I-35/I-90 Interchange Corridor Study

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View full-size mapWe are studying the I-35/I-90 interchange corridor near Albert Lea. We are studying how best to improve safety and address aging bridges to provide a smoother, more effective travel experience for all who use it.

The I-35/I-90 interchange is an important crossroads for freight traffic and travelers. The eastbound and westbound bridges on I-90 were built in 1968 and need improvements soon. We plan to replace the two I-90 bridges and make some ramp improvements starting in 2030. We currently only have funding identified for this work.

The corridor study may identify other improvements, which will help in the pursuit of other funding opportunities or provide important information for future projects.

Public meeting

Join us for a public meeting to learn more about the study and provide input to the project team. There is not a formal presentation planned. Individuals unable to attend are encouraged to provide their observations and feedback through a comment map. These early discussions will shape the plans developed for the interchange.

Tue, April 16

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Albert Lea City Hall, 221 E Clark St E, Albert Lea


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View full-size mapWe are studying the I-35/I-90 interchange corridor near Albert Lea. We are studying how best to improve safety and address aging bridges to provide a smoother, more effective travel experience for all who use it.

The I-35/I-90 interchange is an important crossroads for freight traffic and travelers. The eastbound and westbound bridges on I-90 were built in 1968 and need improvements soon. We plan to replace the two I-90 bridges and make some ramp improvements starting in 2030. We currently only have funding identified for this work.

The corridor study may identify other improvements, which will help in the pursuit of other funding opportunities or provide important information for future projects.

Public meeting

Join us for a public meeting to learn more about the study and provide input to the project team. There is not a formal presentation planned. Individuals unable to attend are encouraged to provide their observations and feedback through a comment map. These early discussions will shape the plans developed for the interchange.

Tue, April 16

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Albert Lea City Hall, 221 E Clark St E, Albert Lea


Get informed

Get involved

  • Upcoming events

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    The project team will be sharing information on the area's existing conditions and gather important information from users of the road at a pop-up event Thursday, March 21 at Trail’s Travel Center, 820 Happy Trails Ln, Albert Lea, MN 56007. This is aimed at many of the users who travel through, but may not live in the area. We'll be there from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    For folks who live in the area, watch for coming information about a public information meeting in Albert Lea. We'd like to connect with community members and others to gather their input. This is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and help shape the future of the I-35/I-90 interchange. We’ll also be sure to offer a virtual activity for people who are unable to attend.

    The public information meeting is planned for:

    • Tuesday, April 16
    • 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • Albert Lea City Hall

    While a proposed project is still years away, these will be important activities for you to participate in that can ensure your perspectives and observations are included in the early discussions that will shape the eventual plans.

  • Considered Improvements

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    Money is only available to replace the I-90 bridges and some ramp improvements at this time, but MnDOT is investigating other safety and operational issues to determine if additional improvements are needed and how that work could occur. Potential concerns include:

    • Conflicts with traffic entering and exiting at the I-35/I-90 interchange and between Hwy 65 and I-90.
    • Rollovers and run off the road crashes on the interchange loops.
    • Crashes on Main Street at the I-35 ramp intersections.
    • Truck acceleration on the I-35 northbound on-ramp from Main Street.
    • Condition of other bridges and drainage structures.
    • Blowing and drifting snow.
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