August 25, 2017 05:31 PM
The Minnesota Department of Transportation said Friday that both directions of Interstate 94 through the Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis are scheduled to reopen Thursday morning.
Weather permitting, a MnDOT release said that would be 10 days ahead of schedule.
"They worked hard and got her done," said MnDOT spokesperson Dave Aeikens. "a lot of it was around the clock work."
The improvement project began June 24. Work has now switched to the eastbound side.
However, all three lanes in each direction are expected be reopened by rush hour Thursday. The project has impacted a tunnel that sees roughly 160,000 vehicles drive through each day.
Before Thursday rolls around, however, there will still be some closures to deal with. From 10 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday, both directions of the tunnel will close. When it reopens, three lanes will travel through the eastbound tunnel and two through the westbound.
Then, from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday, I-94 West through the tunnel will be closed leading up to Thursday morning's reopening.
"We've got about five, six days to go here and we'll be through this very significant portion of this major, major project," Aeikens added.
The following ramps, which have been closed since June 23, will also reopen Thursday morning, MnDOT said: Interstate 35W north to I-94 West, Highway 55 to I-94 East and Fourth Avenue to I-94 East.
Westbound I-94 will close from 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday while crews work inside the tunnel, and there will be some additional lane closures needed through September before work is totally completed.
Updated: August 25, 2017 05:31 PM
Created: August 25, 2017 11:40 AM
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