We're still in the midst of an admittedly very mild winter so far, and already attention is turning to construction season.

That's because the Minnesota Department of Transportation has said it will start this summer on what will be a three-year project on Interstate 94 between Maple Grove and Clearwater.

The $350 million project is intended to reduce congestion and remove bottlenecks on the much-traveled corridor to and from the Twin Cities, as well as improving freight access and safety on the 40-mile stretch.

But before the benefits are realized, drivers can expect a traffic headache at various points throughout the next three years.

Here's a look at what the project will entail:

 St. Michael – Albertville: Add a third lane, resurface freeway, replace bridges, reconstruct and add ramps at Albertville and St. Michael.

Clearwater – Monticello: Add a third lane, resurface 14 miles of freeway and add safety features.

Rogers – Maple Grove: Build new pavement and add a 4th lane between Hwys. 610 and 101.

Dayton: Construction of a new interchange east of Brockton Lane.

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MnDOT has said that over the course of the project, the 45,000–117,000 drivers who used the stretch daily can expect to find reduced speeds and lane closures.

The Star Tribune reports that the project was moved up by more than a year after MnDOT received federal funding for the Dayton Parkway interchange.

MnDOT is holding several public meetings about the project, more information on which you can find here.

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