Skip to main content
Publish date:

Westbound I-94 is a commuter's nightmare right now

And it'll stay that way for four months
Author:

Commuters using I-94 in Minneapolis have been enduring nightmarish delays since lane closures started on Monday.

The interstate has been reduced to two lanes westbound between Chicago and Nicollet Avenues, creating a bottleneck that is causing almost half-hour delays.

It's making for an arduous commute for anyone coming from St. Paul to work in downtown Minneapolis or the western suburbs.

Westbound traffic on Wednesday morning was backed up as far as Huron Street in Minneapolis as of 8:15 a.m., though at certain times the gridlock has stretched as far back as Hwy. 280.

And what's more, this will become the norm until the fall, with the lane closure scheduled to be in place for four months.

Today's Top Stories

– Driver of crashed school bus fell asleep, investigation finds.

– Minnesota's tailpipe teen will be on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" this week.

The lane closure is part of ongoing reconstruction work on the I-35W and I-94 interchange that will last several years.

Meanwhile traffic on I-35W will likely be bad for the next few years, thanks to lane closures owing to ongoing bridge reconstruction work, as well as the closure of ramps to I-94 and nearby residential streets.

The southbound interstate is reduced to just two lanes up to 43rd Street, while northbound is two lanes to 31st street and then 3 lanes to I-94.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-10-28 at 12.20.52 PM

COVID-19 case rate drops in 75 of 87 Minnesota counties

Transmission levels are still high throughout Minnesota.

helicopter-186718_1280

Man, 62, dies after his truck leaves road, hits tree

The Wisconsin man died after being airlifted to Regions Hospital.

pexels - beer buy fridge store liquor

Municipal liquor stores in 24 MN cities could be in jeopardy

These sites reported losses in two of the last three years, triggering a mandatory hearing.

Mats Zuccarello

2 Minnesota Wild players test positive for COVID-19

Both players will be unavailable Thursday night when the Wild face the expansion Kraken.

Target deals weekly ad - 10.31.2021

Target reveals first Black Friday deals, available next week

There are some steep discounts to be had, even though Black Friday is nearly a month away.

Screen Shot 2021-10-28 at 10.10.36 AM

'Dancing with the Stars: Live!' coming to Minnesota in February

The show's professional dancers will be at Mystic Lake.

Train derailment Fairmont screengrab

WATCH: Video shows terrifying moment train derails in Fairmont

A large chunk of the track appears to come off just before the derailment.

brewery

Grocery store beer sales? MN House hears nearly 30 proposals to update liquor laws

Calls to change the state's liquor laws grew louder during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Screen Shot 2021-10-28 at 7.57.25 AM

3 people found dead inside home in Farmington

Police were conducting a welfare check when they found three people dead inside the home.

Screen Shot 2021-10-28 at 7.26.58 AM

Headstones pushed over, smashed by vandals at cemetery in Alexandria

Police have released images of a vehicle they believe is connected to the case.

249680859_3960236007411518_889783566561667391_n

Puppies abandoned at Chaska golf course

It's illegal to abandon animals in Minnesota.

Related

I-35W construction Minneapolis I-94

Can it be true? I-35W/I-94 reconstruction to wrap up within months

Work started on the state's busiest interchange in 2017.

Another I-35W closure will make travel tough this weekend

And things will likely be just as bad when it reopens on Monday.

I-35W construction Minneapolis I-94

One last weekend closure for I-35W in Minneapolis as project wraps up

The interstate will close between I-94 and Hwy 62.

Detour road construction

Nightly closures on eastbound I-94 in Minneapolis this week

The freeway is closed as crews continue to work on the years-long I-35W reconstruction project.

Coming soon to I-94: Three years of construction misery

The interstate will undergo major work between Maple Grove and Clearwater.

Screen Shot 2021-05-28 at 7.23.10 AM

I-94 closed westbound after semi crashes, spills its load

The interstate is closed west in Otter Tail County.

Nightmare I-494 interchange to be improved under MnDOT plan

Some are unhappy the 4 new projects announced are all close to the Twin Cities.