The western Twin Cities' best route to St. Paul will to be closed for 2 weeks

The 15-mile detour starts Sunday night.
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If you live in the western suburbs, good luck getting to St. Paul for the next two weeks.

The ramp from eastbound Interstate 394 to eastbound Interstate 94 is going to be closed from the night of Sunday, Aug. 13, through Monday, Aug. 28. This goes for the MnPASS lane, too. 

(Note: MnDOT originally planned for the closure to start Aug. 14, but changed the timeline in an update Friday.)

This will send people on a long detour, from eastbound I-394 to southbound Highway 100, then to eastbound Highway 62 onto northbound Interstate 35W, and finally onto eastbound I-94 (see map at right). 

The Star Tribune notes the I-394 to I-94 ramp is one of the busiest in the Twin Cities, with Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesperson Dave Aeikens telling GoMN the ramp was seeing about 23,000 vehicles a day prior to the start of the I-94 construction project (it's at about 15,000 vehicles a day now). 

So this closure will send thousands of drivers on a 15-mile detour every day for the next two weeks. 

Why so long? Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesperson Dave Aeikens told GoMN the detour keeps vehicles on state roads – they didn't want to send a bunch of cars on city streets because they're not designed to handle it. 

This detour is part of the massive, $46.3 million construction project that's prompted lane shifts and ramp closures on a 9-mile stretch of I-94 between Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center, including the Lowry Tunnel. 

The entire project is expected to be finished next year, but the headache involving closures in the Lowry Tunnel is expected to end next month. 

For more information on the project – including other ramp closures – click here or watch the video below. 

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