Getting to the Lakes will be Challenging with Major Road Work Underway in Greater Minnesota

Getting to the Lakes will be Challenging with Major Road Work Underway in Greater Minnesota Photo: KSTP-TV

May 11, 2018 09:15 AM

Drivers won't get a break from construction just by leaving the metro this weekend.

There's road work on Interstate 35, Highway 10, and a number of projects along Highway 169.


I-35 in the Forest Lake/Columbus area is being reduced to two lanes between Highway 97 and Highway 8. A concrete barrier is in place separating the right lane from the left lane.Those needing to exit at Broadway Avenue or Highway 8 can stay in the right lane.

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North of the metro, all traffic on I-35 near Pine City has been shifted to the southbound side. There's only one lane of traffic open in each direction. Drivers can try Highway 61 or WI-35 this weekend.

In Elk River, the current configuration along Highway 10 near Orono Lake is as follows: Two narrowed lanes westbound and only one lane eastbound between Joplin Street and Upland Avenue. The biggest traffic delays will be on Sunday evening as folks return to the Twin Cities.

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South of the Twin Cities, I-35 is down to one lane in both directions south of Owatonna again this year with no good alternates. Expect the biggest traffic delays on Friday and Sunday afternoons/evenings.

Along Highway 169, there's about a 10-15 mile stretch that's reduced to one lane between Jordan and just south of Belle Plaine. And that's not where it ends. Highway 169 is also reduced to one lane from Le Sueur to St. Peter through this fall! Drivers can try using Highway 212, Highway 5, and Highway 15, but those routes will take you well out of your way.

Learn more about construction impacts in greater Minnesota here.

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