Cabin Traffic Likely to Be Worse Than Usual This Summer

February 12, 2018 09:44 PM

Even though there's still snow on the ground, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is already warning drivers of a particularly problematic summer construction project that's likely to make a drive up to the cabin even more congested than usual.

The maintenance and preservation work is planned for a six-mile stretch of Interstate 35 near Forest Lake, from just south of the I-35 split to a half mile north of Highway 8.

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"We are anticipating there will be delays throughout the summer of this year," said MnDOT Project Manager Ryan Coddington, who added that Minnesotans may even want to head north on Thursday nights as opposed to Friday nights, if possible.

Here are the 2018 project specifics: MnDOT plans to resurface I-35 between Highway 97 and Highway 8. They'll also begin work that needs to be done in order to replace three area bridges that span I-35: the highway 97 bridge, the highway 8 bridge, and the I-35W bridge.


Detour Breakdown (MnDOT)

  • Spring through summer 2018
    • I-35 long-term lane closures will occur between Highway 97 and Highway 8
    • Note: Ramps at Highway 97, Broadway Avenue and Highway 8 will remain open 
  • Summer through fall 2018
    • I-35 long-term lane closures will continue between Highway 97 and Highway 8
    • Note: Ramps at Highway 97, Broadway Avenue and Highway 8 will remain open
  • Spring through summer 2019 
    • Long-term I-35 lane courses will occur between the I-35W/I-35E split and Highway 97
    • I-35W and I-35E may be reduced to a single lane at times, just south of the split
    • The northbound I-35 ramps to and from Highway 97 will close for approximately one month
  • Summer through fall 2019
    • Long-term I-35 lane closures will continue between the I-35W/I-35E split and Highway 97
    • I-35W and I-35E may continue to be reduced to s single lane at times, just south of the split
    • The southbound I-35 ramps to and from Highway 97 will close for approximately one month

 


Overall, the $50 million project is expected to last two years, and MnDOT said the traffic in the summer of 2019 is likely to be even worse.

Asked why the work needs to be done in the summer, Coddington explained, "The concrete has to cure, and the work needs to be done sometime. So that's, unfortunately, that's when the construction work needs to happen."

MnDOT has planned several open houses to discuss the project with drivers. Find further details here.



 

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