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Construction causes traffic backups as Minnesotans head north ahead of fishing opener

May 03, 2019 06:52 PM

Heading out for a day on the water is the picture of tranquility. But as Minnesotans go north to prepare for the fishing opener next weekend, they’ll have to battle traffic.

“It never ends, we get done with the snow and we go right to road construction,” Angela Boeckmann of Forest Lake. “That’s why I’m going south right now to Iowa, getting out of town early so I don’t have to sit in all of this traffic.”

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Northbound Interstate 35E and Interstate 35W are both down to one lane ahead of the Forest Lake split. The two-year bridge replacement and repaving project is now in its final phase.

I-35W will be down to one lane in that area until November.

The I-35W bridge, over I-35E, is being replaced. The project is expected to be finished in mid-to-late summer but paving continues into the fall, according to MnDOT.

For I-35E northbound, a second lane has been added in the southbound side. The chute lane will be in place for several months, according to MnDOT. There will be a similar configuration for the southbound side later this year.


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“I go up to Canada four or five times a year,” said Roger Oberg, from Forest Lake, “I leave at five in the morning.”

He said he uses shortcuts and alternate routes to avoid the traffic as well.

“Just waiting for it to get over,” said Oberg.

There were backups in the construction zone around noon on Friday.

“I’m glad to see they're spending the money and we'll just have to put up with delays and bear with it,” said Dennis Smith, of Bloomington.

He plans to go up to the fishing opener next weekend by relying on back roads and the GPS on his phone.

“You just know what's ahead of you and plan your route and you plan accordingly and you'll get there safely,” he said. “Maybe it takes you a little bit longer but so be it.”

MnDOT recommends drivers use 511 to check their travel routes.

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