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Westbound Side of Lowry Tunnel to Close in May for Repairs

February 03, 2017 07:06 PM

The westbound side of the Lowry Hill Tunnel will be closed this summer as a new construction project begins on Interstate 94.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the $57 million project is set to begin March 20. The project covers I-94 between Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis and Shingle Creek Parkway in Brooklyn Center, where nine miles of pavement will be resurfaced.

There will be multiple road closures throughout the project, which is scheduled to continue into summer 2018. Once the westbound side of the tunnel is repaired, traffic will be flipped to the westbound side as the eastbound side of the tunnel is repaired.

The tunnel will also undergo additional repairs, including tile and guardrail replacements.

MnDOT said the project will result in smoother road surfaces, longer lasting bridges and improved drainage.

An informal open house for the project - the first major project inside the tunnel in more than 25 years - will be held Feb. 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Minneapolis.

You can find more details on the project and its resulting road closures here.

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