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Drivers will encounter lane, ramp closures in the east and west metro this weekend

Updated: August 23, 2019 08:47 PM

Construction season doesn't stop for the Minnesota State Fair and drivers are going to find a number of lane and ramp closures around the metro this weekend.

This is the fifth weekend in a row for lane closures in the southeast metro. This time around, the work will start in South St. Paul and extend to Inver Grove Heights as part of a larger concrete and bridge repair project.

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I-494 westbound will be reduced to one lane from 7th Avenue to Highway 62 starting at 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. Eastbound will be reduced to two lanes from I-35E to Highway 62 most of Saturday.

Watch for a major traffic change along I-694. Starting Friday night, drivers must stay in the right lane if they want to exit onto I-94 or Tamarack Road in Woodbury. This configuration lasts until late fall. In better news, several ramps will start reopening in next few days.

Those who travel near downtown Minneapolis this weekend, will encounter some ramp and lane closures. The ramps from I-35W southbound to 11th Avenue, I-94 westbound, and Highway 55 eastbound are closing at 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.

The ramps from 3rd Street, 4th Street, and Washington Avenue to I-35W southbound will close during the same time. Drivers planning to take I-94 from I-35W southbound will be diverted to Highway 280.

Meanwhile, I-94 westbound will be reduced to two lanes between Riverside and Cedar Avenues from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Plan for some big delays.

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