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MnDOT announces list of major projects throughout the state

April 04, 2019 06:58 PM

Minnesota's road construction season officially begins this week

The Minnesota Department of Transportation unveiled its list of major projects throughout the state Thursday morning.

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According to MnDOT, several projects are taking place in the Twin Cities metro area including:

  • Interstate 35W Minnesota River Bridge replacement - this project, between Cliff Road and 106th Street, will replace the bridge, raise it out of the floodplain and crews will also repave.
  • I-35W Downtown to Crosstown - this project will continue with new phases, including replacing bridges and repaving on the interstate from 46th Street to 11th Avenue, on Highway 65 from 26th Street to 15th Street, and on Interstate 94 from Nicollet Avenue to Park Avenue. New MnPASS lanes, an Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit station, and improved access to the Lake Street Business District are part of this 2019 phase.
  • I-35W MnPASS North - a MnPASS Express Lane will be added along County Road C in Roseville and Lexington Avenue in Blaine. This project also includes repaving the interstate and its ramps.
  • I-35 split in Forest Lake - crews will repave six mile of interstate just south of the split to north of Highway 8.
  • I-35 concrete overlay in Pine City - eight miles of the interstate will be resurfaced between Harris and the Chisago/Pine County line.
  • I-94/I-494/I-694 interchange - crews will widen the bridges and rebuild the ramps.
  • Interstate 494 pavement rehab in Inver Grove Heights - MnDOT crews will widen and resurface the bridge over Highway 156/Concord Street.

The updated project information from MnDOT will help drivers decide whether to change their routes to work or even to their cabins.

Crews have already been working on a couple of those projects in the metro area. 

Meanwhile, one project will affect highway traffic in the north metro for three years. MnDOT crews will be working on adding MnPASS express lanes on Interstate 35W between Roseville and Lino Lakes.

Crews will also repave the freeways and ramps, and well work on some bridge replacements, which is expected to be a long and noisy project for some residents.

"I'm just not too happy about it either because its already loud over there, too, with the trees cut down; there needs to be a wall or something built because I'm nervous about that road," Blaine resident Adam Burns said.

In the east metro, eastbound Interstate 94 near Woodbury at the I-94/I-494/I-694 interchange will be closed this weekend. That reconstruction project involves widening the bridges and rebuilding the ramps. Work is expected to wrap by fall 2020.

Additionally, MnDOT reports there are a number of construction projects that will affect northern, central and southern parts of the state.

In the northern part of the state, Highway 65, Highway 71, Highway 75, and Highway 371 will undergo changes.

In the central part of the state, crews will work on I-94 from Alexandria to Garfield as well as in Monticello and Albertville, Highway 10, Highway 15, Highway 55, Highway 59, Highway 79, and Highway 210.

In the southern part of the state, Highway 14 in Tracy; Highway 14/15's New Ulm Gateway, Interstate 90 in Albert Lea, Dakota and Fairmont; Highway 40's Milan bridge; Highway 60, Highway 61, Highway 63's Red Wing bridge will undergo road work.

View a list of all MnDOT's statewide projects here

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