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Weekend road closures in the south, west and east metro to create traffic hassles

May 31, 2019 07:20 AM

Those planning to drive anywhere around the metro this weekend should be prepared for the many detours that will be in place.

The northbound lanes of Interstate 35W will shut down between the I-35E/I-35W Burnsville split and Interstate 494 starting at 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. Ramps will close at 8 p.m. Crews will replace a storm sewer pipe this weekend as part of a larger project to replace the Minnesota River Bridge. Traffic will be detoured to I-35E, Cedar Avenue, and I-494.

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In the east metro, all four loops at the I-94/I-494/I-694 interchange are closing this weekend. Crews will be shifting the I-694 southbound bridge over I-94 toward the median, so it can be used as a temporary bridge during construction.

With all four loops closing at 7 p.m. Friday, traffic will be detoured to the Tamarack Road interchange in Woodbury or the 10th Street interchange in Oakdale. Plus, I-694 southbound is also closing at the interchange, beginning at 8 p.m. Traffic will be detoured to I-94 westbound, Highway 52 southbound, and I-494. Then, starting at 9 p.m., both directions of I-94 will close at the interchange. Westbound traffic will be detoured to I-694 northbound, while eastbound motorists will follow the posted detour to the Tamarack Road interchange.

Two of the ramps at the interchange: I-94 westbound to I-494 southbound and I-694 southbound to I-94 eastbound will continue to be shut down past the weekend into September. This is in addition to three nearby ramps that closed on Thursday: I-494 northbound to Tamarack Road, Tamarack Road to I-494 southbound, 10th Street to I-694 northbound. Those ramps won't reopen until September.

An overnight closure is set for Friday along I-35W in both directions between I-94 and Highway 62. Look for lanes to close around 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Saturday. The work is related to the larger I-35W: Downtown to the Crosstown project.

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