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MnDOT Announces 2017 Construction Season Projects

April 13, 2017 04:46 PM

On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation detailed the major road and bridge projects drivers will be seeing statewide this construction season.

Drivers can expect more orange cones, traffic backups and detours as the season begins.

One of the biggest projects, MnDOT officials say, will be related to the Lowry Hill Tunnel, which is part of a larger project along I-94 from Brooklyn Center to downtown Minneapolis.

In just a couple weeks, MnDOT will close one side of the Lowry Hill Tunnel from May to August and will reduce the speed limit to 40 miles per hour.

This is expected to cause huge backups during rush hour.

Crews plan to resurface pavement, repair tiles and replace guardrails.

Those traveling in the east metro will also see slowdowns.

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Interstate 94 east between Mounds Boulevard and McKnight Road will once again be reduced to two lanes of traffic.

Meanwhile, on I-94 through that stretch, drivers need to watch for a new configuration as crews continue to resurface the road, construct two emergency pull-off sites, and update signals and pedestrian access, among other things.

Those heading to the cabin aren't out of the woods this year either.

Traffic could be stop and go when crews begin to re-pave a 6-mile stretch of road on Interstate 35 from Lino Lakes to Forest Lake this summer.

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