Highway 100 closing in St. Louis Park for Labor Day weekend

The highway will close Saturday morning and reopen Tuesday morning.
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Highway 100 at Highway 7 in St. Louis Park.

Highway 100 at Highway 7 in St. Louis Park.

Highway 100 in St. Louis Park will be closed for the holiday weekend as crews work to shift a bridge. 

The highway, between Highway 7 and Highway 62, will be closed from 5 a.m. Saturday and reopen in time for rush hour on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Council says

The highway needs to close in both directions so construction crews working on the new Southwest Light Rail Transit Line can pickup up and shift a freight rail bridge to newly constructed abutments, the Met Council notes.

During this piece of the project, people who live in the area can expect 24-hour construction activities, including noise from heavy machinery that will be used to move the bridge. 

It is "rare" for officials to close a highway on a major holiday weekend, the Minnesota Department of Transportation told BMTN, noting they're working with the railroad on this closure. KSTP notes there won't be any freight rail traffic this weekend, which gives crews the opportunity to move the bridge. 

This could become a headache for those who use Highway 100, and for those who've been using the highway as a detour for the long-term ramp closure at Interstate 35W north to Interstate 94 west. 

The detour this weekend will send motorists on Highway 169, Interstate 394 and Highway 62, MnDOT says.

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