Road closures in Twin Cities to cause big headaches in sports-packed weekend

Closures of I-94 and I-494 will mean detours and congestion in the Twin Cities.
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In one of the biggest sports weekends of the year, construction on one of the busiest arteries in the Twin Cities will surely cause headaches, delays and late arrivals for some. 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is planning to close down eastbound Interstate 94 in the Midway area of St. Paul for surfacing work. The closure is in effect from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday, and will impact all of eastbound I-94 from Hwy. 280 to I-35E. 

What's more is that I-494 will be closed in both directions Friday night through Monday morning between Hwy. 5 in Bloomington and I-35E in Mendota Heights. 

That's bad news for some going to and from sporting events at Target Field and U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, and Allianz Field CHS Field in St. Paul. 

The closure will impact Twins fans heading home from Target Field Friday night, and then again when the Twins face division rival Cleveland Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. 

Vikings fans headed to Sunday's season opener against the Falcons at U.S. Bank Stadium will feel the effects of the closure en route to the 12 p.m. kickoff, and going home from the game. 

Most impacted by the closured could be the Minnesota United FC, as Allianz Field sits directly in the middle of the closure. The United plays a friendly Saturday at 7 p.m. against Pachuca, a fútbol club from Mexico. 

And the St. Paul Saints are currently involved in a best-of-five playoff series against the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. Game 2 is in Fargo Thursday night, but Games 3-5 are scheduled to play at CHS Field Saturday-Monday. 

Fortunately, the Gopher football team plays at Fresno State Saturday and the Minnesota Lynx wrap up the regular season in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. 

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More freeway closures, more traveling headaches

MnDOT will shut down two stretches of heavily-traveled intestates in the Twin Cities this weekend. Motorists will want to avoid both directions of I-494 between Hwy 100 and I-35W, as well as the eastbound lanes of Interstate 694 between I-35W and Lexington Avenue. These two areas will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday until Monday morning's rush hour.