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

And it'll stay that way for four months
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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.

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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.

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