Ramp Connecting I-394 East and I-94 East Closes for 2 Weeks

August 14, 2017 06:58 PM

The ramp connecting interstates 394 and 94 east has closed for two weeks, the Minnesota Department of Transportation says.

The closure will accommodate work on the Lowry Hill Tunnel, which moved to one eastbound lane Aug. 4, and to make improvements to the ramp as part of the larger I-94 to Brooklyn Center project. 

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MnDOT says the detour during the ramp closure will be Highway 100 south to Highway 62 east to Interstate 35W north, a distance of more than 17 miles.

Tyler Hamilton said that's just too long for his daily commutes. He plans to start looking for an alternative immediately.

"I'll throw it on my phone, Google and try to find a little cut to make it around that," Hamilton said. "I don't think I could actually do 100 to 35W and up and around, that's crazy."

Crews will begin closing the ramp late Sunday, and it will be completely closed by Monday's morning rush hour, according to MnDOT. The ramp is expected to reopen in time for the morning rush hour Aug. 28.

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MnDOT acknowledges the ramp closure affects a large number of motorists, though it wasn't clear exactly how many use the ramp each day. The department suggests drivers plan their routes in advance, allow plenty of time and be patient. 

"People can use 511.org for real time updates," said MnDOT spokesman Dave Aiekens. "Typically what happens is people figure out their route after a few days and it settles in."

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