ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota walleye fishing opener will bring out anglers from around the state this weekend and the Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging travelers to plan ahead and use extra care while driving through highway work zones.
Motorists may encounterbypasses, lane closures and detours resulting from the hundreds of transportation projects that are underway this construction season. MnDOT recommends that motorists think about alternate routes, call 5-1-1 or go to www.511mn.org to get advance information about road construction and detours, and be prepared for slower moving traffic.
Highway projects that may affect weekend travel on May 13-15 include:
· I-35E between Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake – lane and ramp closures
· Highway 61 in Forest Lake – single lane traffic
· Highway 8 between Highway 95 and Taylor Falls – closed, detour
· I-94 between St. Paul and Woodbury – intermittent lane closures and ramp closures
· Highway 280 between I-35W and Broadway St. – closed, detour
· I-494 in Plymouth – multiple lane and ramp closures
· Highway 100 in St. Louis Park – ramp closures and lane shift
· I-94 between St. Cloud and Collegeville – lane closures and slow traffic
· Highway 169 north of Milaca – one lane each direction, slow traffic
· Highway 71 between Sauk Centre and Belgrade – single lane with flaggers, stopped traffic
· I-35 between Pine City and Hinckley – lane shifts and slow traffic
· I-35 in Duluth – lane restrictions and ramp closures
· I-94/Highway 29 in Alexandria – single lane on Highway 29, expect delays
· Highway 169 between St. Peter and Mankato – detour
· Highway 52/Highway 63 in Rochester – lanes shifts, ramp closures
· Highway 23 between Holland and Pipestone, Russell to Florence – detour
MnDOT urges motorists to be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. 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.