Here's a list of this weekend's construction headaches in the Twin Cities

There is some good news for motorists going through St. Paul this weekend.
Publish date:

Orange cones and detour signs will again decorate metro-area roadways this weekend as construction season is in full swing, but good news broke Friday morning with KSTP traffic reporter Josie Smith saying she received word that plans to shut down a stretch of Interstate 94 in St. Paul have been canceled due to rain in the forecast. 

The plan was close a stretch of westbound I-94 from Western Ave. to Hwy. 280. The detour, which will eventually be put into place when the weather cooperates, will take motorists to northbound I-35E over to westbound Hwy. 36 and then south on Hwy. 280 just to get back to westbound I-94. 

That's the good news. Now the closures that'll impact your weekend driving in the metro. 

Interstate 94 in Minneapolis

Closed: I-94 eastbound between I-35W and I-394 from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. It's part of the downtown to crosstown project. But there's good news coming Monday with the 28th St. bridge set to reopen. 

Interstate 35W from Roseville to Lino Lakes – and further north

The main impacts from this work will be the closure of the ramp from southbound I-35W to County Road I. It'll stay closed through November, with the detour incorporating County Road H, County Road I and Thumb Road. 

Another impact will hit at 10 p.m. Friday when County Road I is closed at I-35W. It'll reopen by 5 a.m. Monday. 

Further north, northbound I-35 is knocked down to a single lane for a mile before the I-35W/I-35E split through the fall, and there are ongoing periodic lane closures in both directions from the split to Hwy. 8. 

A bit further north, both directions of I-35 are reduced to a single lane from just north of Harris to Chisago/Pine counties through the end of October. 

Basically, anyone looking to drive between the north metro and Duluth could be hit with some rough delays this summer. 

Interstate 494 in Inver Grove Heights and South St. Paul

From 8 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday, eastbound I-494 will be down to a single lane between 7th Ave. and Hwy. 61. During that same timeframe, the ramp from Concord St. to eastbound I-494 will be closed – and it'll stay closed through early August. 

Then, at 5 a.m. Monday, eastbound I-494 will be reduced to two lanes between 7th Ave. and Hwy. 61. That'll stay that way through early August.

Next Up

Jared Vanderbilt

Shorthanded Timberwolves fall to Atlanta in Monday matinee

D'Angelo Russell scored 31 points, but didn't have much help.

police lights

Man, 72, critical after possible robbery outside Minneapolis business

The 72-year-old sustained gunshot wounds in the incident.


It could take months to vaccinate MN teachers, people 65 and older

"This is going to be harder than going to Ticketmaster and trying to get Bruce Springsteen tickets," Walz said.

Herb Brooks statue

Trump's planned statue garden would include 2 Minnesotans, others with MN links

But there were some notable names absent from the wide-ranging and eclectic list.

k9 zeke

Petition seeks to allow retired Corcoran officer to keep K9 partner

Corcoran's public safety director says if K9 Zeke is donated to the officer it will be a loss for the department.


Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, Jan. 18

The latest update from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Tom Kelly Jr.

Tom Kelly Jr., son of Twins World Series manager, dies at 42

He was a member of the 2001 UST national championship team.

Hennepin County CSI

Police: Man shot in the head by woman in Richfield

It happened in the early hours of Monday.

University of St. Thomas

St. Thomas students robbed by suspects in ski masks

Nobody was injured in the early Saturday incident.


Plan around weekend roadwork on I-94, I-494, I-35W

Soon enough, the only thing that'll slow you down will be snow and ice.

Weekend roadwork could make for big delays in the Twin Cities

Be mindful of where work is being done and consider alternate routes.

road closed, detour

Road closures to cause big headaches in sports-packed weekend

Closures of I-94 and I-494 will mean detours and congestion in the Twin Cities.

Detour road construction

Stretches of I-494, I-694 to be closed this weekend in Twin Cities

Prepare for detours in the south and east metro this weekend.

Plenty of construction travel pains in the metro this weekend

Don't worry, construction season will eventually turn into winter.

MnDOT construction season plans promise a headache for metro travelers

The full list of MnDOT's summer construction projects was released on Thursday.

Detour road construction

I-35W to be hit with overnight closure in Minneapolis this weekend

The 8-hour closure will allow crews to move large equipment.