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Expect delays: More ramp and lane closures begin, this time on I-35E

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Motorists, be prepared to wait – road closures begin Monday on another major interstate in the Twin Cities.

Ramp and lane closures begin this week on Interstate 35E between Maryland Avenue and Little Canada Road in St. Paul for various construction projects, including the addition of a MnPASS express lane, the Pioneer Press reports.

There will be overnight lane and ramp closures in both directions throughout this span of interstate from now until late summer, the Minnesota Department of Transportation says.

The following ramps closed Sunday night and will remain closed until late August/early September, MnDOT notes:

  • Maryland Avenue to northbound I-35E
  • Roselawn Avenue to northbound I-35E
  • Eastbound Highway 36 to northbound I-35E
  • Westbound Highway 36 to northbound I-35E

Beginning Thursday at 6 a.m., southbound traffic will be reduced to two lanes. Then, by 7 p.m. Thursday, crews will shift southbound traffic to the northbound side of the freeway, the Pioneer Press notes.

The following ramps will close before rush hour on Friday May 1 and remain closed until late summer, MnDOT says:

  • Southbound I-35E to eastbound Highway 36
  • Eastbound Highway 36 to southbound I-35E
  • Westbound Highway 36 to southbound I-35E
  • Southbound I-35E to Roselawn Avenue
  • Roselawn Avenue to southbound I-35E

There will be a full closure of Highway 36 between Interstate 35W and Highway 61 from 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday as well, MnDOT notes.

This is the latest construction season hassle for motorists in the last few weeks, including reduced lanes and closures on Interstate 494 in Plymouth, and bridge and ramp closures on Highway 100 in St. Louis Park.

Additional closures on Highway 100 will happen this week as well:

  • Starting Tuesday, and continuing overnight through the fall of 2016, the ramp from Highway 7 northbound to Highway 100 will close.
  • Beginning Wednesday and continuing through the fall of 2016: There will be two lanes of traffic in each direction on one side of Highway 100.

For all of MnDOT's current construction projects and road closures in the state, click here.

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