Updated: 08/12/2014 5:03 AM
Created: 08/11/2014 5:21 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Matthews
A couple of major road projects start Monday across the metro.
Construction is starting on Highway 100 in St. Louis Park to reconfigure lanes over the next two and a half years. The highway will be reconstructed from the Highway 7 interchange to the County Road 5 interchange in St. Louis Park. Construction will improve the safety of both interchanges.
Other changes include widening the road to include three lanes in each direction, and improving bridge and ramp problems.
There’s minimal traffic impact for the rest of August, but big changes will start in September. Late in the month, there will be a couple weekend closures. The dates have not been finalized, but the highway will be shut down while crews demolish the Canadian Pacific Rail Bridge. Once the bridge is demolished, the highway will shift to two lanes of traffic in each direction on one side of the road.
All lanes of the highway will reopen during the winter, and construction will resume in April 2015. The project is not expected to be complete until November 2016.
Drivers will also encounter some slowdowns for the next two months on Highway 77 at Interstate 494 in Bloomington, near the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport and Mall of America.
On Monday, crews started working to re-construct the bridge deck of northbound 77 over I-494. That is just one of a number of improvements scheduled for this stretch of road.
MnDOT says I-494 will shut down for two weekends, but they're still figuring out when that will happen.
All of the work should be finished by early October.