Long Stretch of I-94 Closes in the West Metro This Weekend

September 08, 2017 10:09 PM

A majority of the work in the Lowry Hill Tunnel is finally complete, but there’s still plenty of work to be done along Interstate 94 between Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center. This weekend kicks off a series of weekend-long road closures along I-94.

"We’re going to need to close I-94 west from I-394 to I-694 starting Friday night," said MnDOT spokesperson Dave Aiekens. "We’re going to be doing some concrete repair and paving."

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Drivers can expect to see a lane closure on I-94 westbound inside the Lowry Hill Tunnel leading up to the detour, which takes drivers west on I-394 to Highway 169 and I-94. Once the road opens by 5 a.m. Monday, all lane restrictions on the westbound side will be gone, and the 60 mph speed limit returns. There are still lane closures in place on the eastbound side and a number of ramp closures, but give it another six weeks, and Aiekens says the drive along I-94 will improve.

"October 20th is the goal there, give or take a few days on that," Aiekens said. "Things are looking pretty good, and we’re getting close to getting wrapped up here."

Next weekend, the eastbound lanes of I-94 will close from Shingle Creek Parkway to I-394, weather permitting. Learn more about the project.

An additional note for drivers in the northeast metro: The MnPASS lane along Interstate 35E northbound between County Road E in Vadnais Heights and Highway 96 in White Bear Lake is shutting down for part of the weekend. Crews will be doing some concrete shoulder work in the area beginning at 7 p.m. Friday until 5 p.m. Sunday. Learn more about the project.

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