Orange Cones and Flashing Lights: Current MNDOT Projects

Orange Cones and Flashing Lights: Current MNDOT Projects

Constant brake lights and drivers using colorful language can only mean one thing for Minnesota: It’s construction season. Lane closures, lane mergers, orange cones and flashing lights are popping up all over Minnesota right now, and there are a lot of projects going on right now that impact our ability to get around the cities. Here is the most current list of those projects impacting the Twin Cites Area.

Current MNDOT Projects:

County Road 42 at Interstate 35W in Burnsville

Beginning April 21 West Bound County Rd 42 is closed and detoured between the ramps of Interstate 35W.  This closure will last until Tuesday May 2nd.

Highway 51/Snelling Ave traveling from St. Paul to Roseville

Starting Monday April 24th the ramp from Como Avenue to Northbound Highway 51/Snelling Avenue will be closed.  This closure will last until Wednesday May 10th.

Through October Snelling Avenue will be reduced to One lane between Como Avenue and Highway 36.

Interstate 94 Road Work

Throughout this summer please keep your eyes open for MNDOT maintenance crews that will be working along Interstate 94 between St. Paul and Minneapolis.  They will be beautifying the area by applying weed control, pruning trees, and removing dead and invasive trees and growth on the right of way.

St. Paul to Maplewood

Beginning Monday, April 24, the Maple Street pedestrian bridge over Interstate 94 will be closed for approximately two weeks.
April 19 through mid-May, the ramp from 3rd Street to Westbound Interstate 94 will be reduced to one lane.
During this project there will be temporary entrance and exit ramp closures as well as lane closures, so add extra time when traveling in this area.

Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center

From April 19 through mid-May, the ramp from 3rd Street to Westbound Interstate 94 will be reduced to one lane.  Along with this lane reduction there will be several ramps that will be impacted with closures.

Beginning on Monday April 24th the following ramps will be closed;
South Bound  Highway 252 ramp to South Bound Highway 100, both directions of Interstate 694 and West Bound Interstate 94
West Bound Interstate 94 to Hennepin/Lyndale Avenues will be closed nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m
WB I-94 to SB Lyndale Ave; and 4th Ave. to WB I-94.

There will be lane restrictions both directions for Interstate 94 between Shingle Creek Parkway and Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis through the end of 2017.
Eastbound Interstate 94 will be reduced to two lanes between the Interstate 694 and Interstate 94 split and Highway 252 through June.
More Information pertaining to ramp closures and other facets of the Interstate 94 project can be found here.

Hwy 100 in St. Louis Park

Beginning Monday April 24 and continuing through Friday April 28th Southbound Highway 100 to 50th Street/Vernon Avenue will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily,

Interstate 694: Little Canada to Arden Hills

Eastbound Interstate 694 is restricted to two lanes separated by a concrete median barrier between Highway 10 and Interstate 35E. Be aware that the inside lane carries through traffic that must continue east on Interstate 694. The outside lane allows local ramp access and must continue south on Interstate 35E.

Westbound Interstate 694 has been reduced to two lanes and the ramp from Rice Street to Westbound Interstate 694 has been closed until the completion of project work in the area.

Hwy 169 Edina to Golden Valley

Both directions of Highway 169 between Bren Road and 7th Street (5th Street, Lincoln Drive) are closed as the Nine Mile Creek bridge is being replaced.

There are several lane closures impacting this  and the ramp from westbound I-394 to southbound Hwy 169 is closed through October

Hwy 36 Oakdale to Oak Park Heights

There will be lane closures both directions of Highway 36 between Interstate 694 and Oak Park Heights for cable median barrier installation

The above list is updated by MNDOT before each weekend and can be found here.  If you are more of a visual person, there is a handy map that is updated weekly which can be found here.

As you travel this spring and summer, be sure to look out for reduced speed limits and the workers in these areas.

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