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3 major weekend projects expected to create major traffic backups

Updated: August 09, 2019 06:51 AM

It will be a difficult weekend for travel around the metro, with three major projects taking place.  The first is a major closure along I-35W in between I-94 in Minneapolis and Highway 280 in Roseville. On the northbound side, traffic will be allowed through from Washington Avenue to Highway 280.

A resurfacing project will close the road beginning at 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. Drivers will be diverted to I-94 and Highway 280. Learn more about the project.

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There will be some major traffic jams along Highway 169. The northbound side will be down to one lane from County Road 18 in Shakopee and Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie. There may be some lane restrictions on the southbound side too.

This past spring, a temporary third lane was added to the roadway to accommodate more traffic after spring flooding closed down Highway 41 in the southwest metro. This weekend, Highway 169 will be re-striped to its original configuration of two lanes. Learn more about the project.

For the third weekend in a row, lane and ramp closures are coming to I-494. Watch for work between I-35E and Highway 52. The left lane of I-494 eastbound will begin closing at 6 p.m. Friday between I-35E and Highway 62/Old Highway 110. Westbound will be single lane starting at 9 p.m. between Highway 52 and I-35E. The following ramps will close starting at 7 p.m.:

  • Highway 3 to I-494 westbound
  • Dodd Road to I-494
  • I-494 westbound to I-35E
  • I-494 westbound to Highway 52

The work is a part of a two-year paving and bridge repair project that wraps up in 2020. Learn more.

There will be some late-night closures along I-494 in the northwest metro too. Traffic heading southbound will be re-routed up and down the ramps at Rockford Road in Plymouth starting at 9 p.m. tonight until 9 a.m. Saturday. Northbound traffic will use the ramps at Rockford Road starting at 9 p.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday.

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