Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Travelers are urged to use caution in work zones during July Fourth holiday

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extra caution while driving through highway work zones during the July Fourth holiday.
“While we shut down many projects over the Fourth of July holiday, there are still many work zones around the state that will affect travel,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “We ask drivers to pay attention in work zones, plan ahead and perhaps consider alternate routes. Check www.511mn.org to get advance information about road construction and detours.”

Highway projects that may affect weekend travel July 3-5 include:
Twin Cities area
·        Interstate 494 in Plymouth – multiple lane and ramp closures
·        I-35E in St. Paul and Little Canada – lane and ramp closures
·        Highway 5 between St. Paul and Highway 55 – lane and ramp closures
·        Highway 5 between Waconia and Victoria – road closed, detour
·        Highway 100 in St. Louis Park – ramp closures and lane shift
·        Highway 169 in Jordan – single-lane traffic in both directions, County Road 9 access closed, detour
Central Minnesota 
·        I-94 between Rogers and St. Michael – lane shift, narrow lanes and reduced speeds, expect delays
·        Highway 169 along south shore of Lake Mille Lacs – bypass lanes, traffic delays
·        Highway 10 between St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids – all lanes of traffic will be open for the weekend
West Central Minnesota 
·        Highway 12 between Atwater and Litchfield detoured
·        Highway 12 between Kerkhoven and Pennock detoured
Northern Minnesota   
·        Highway 2 between Cass Lake and Ball Club – lane shifts, flagging activities, some delays
·        Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes – single-lane traffic in both directions, expect delays
·        Highway 2 (Bong Bridge) between Duluth and Superior eastbound lanes closed, detour
·        Highway 23 between Duluth and Duquette – single-lane, detour
·        Highway 70 east of I-35 detour
·        Highway 61 south of Grand Marais – single-lane bypass
Southern Minnesota    
·        I-35 Owatonna to Albert Lea single-lane traffic in both directions, slow traffic
·        Highway 63 south of Spring Valley to Iowa border – closed, detour
·        I-90 between St. Charles and Eyota single-lane traffic in both directions, slow traffic
·        I-90 near Alden, Jackson and between Adrian and Rushmore – two-way, two lane traffic with crossovers, ramp closures, reduced speeds
·        Highway 59 in Marshall – short detour
For a complete list of projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit www.mndot.gov/roadwork/current.html. Motorists may also sign up to receive email updates for major projects at www.mndot.gov/emailupdates.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.         

To learn about funding Minnesota’s transportation system, visit Get Connected at www.dot.state.mn.us/getconnected.