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Road closures will make getting to big events in Minneapolis tricky this weekend

Going to the Journey concert or the WNBA All-Star Game?

Getting around the metro will once again be problematic because of major road closures, and it's extra painful because of all the events happening in downtown Minneapolis this weekend. 

Journey, Def Leppard, and Cheap Trick are performing at Target Field Friday night, the WNBA All-Star Game is Saturday afternoon at Target Center, and the Loring Park Art Festival is happening Saturday and Sunday. 

Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, both directions of Interstate 35W will be closed between Hwy. 62 and I-694, a brutal 15-mile closure that won't reopen until 5 a.m. Monday. The detour will incorporate Hwy. 62, Hwy. 100 and I-694, as shown in MnDOT's map below. 

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Traffic in and out of downtown Minneapolis is already a nightmare thanks to the massive 35W at I-94 construction project, which has bottlenecked drivers for months already and will continue to do so through 2021. 

If you know your way around surface streets, those are decent options for getting into downtown Minneapolis, otherwise I-394 is going to be a very popular route for the big events in the city. 

People headed to the Loring Park Art Festival can download a free pass to ride Metro Transit buses or light rail

But wait, there's more construction in the metro. 

Beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, both directions of Hwy. 7 near Hwy. 169 will have alternating closures of the right and left lanes. Fortunately, this little project should be wrapped up by 3 p.m. Friday. 

Further south and east, Hwy. 13 will be reduced to a single lane in both directions between I-35W and I-494. These lane closures start at 8 p.m. Friday and last through 6 a.m. Monday. 

Do yourself a favor and leave plenty early to avoid traffic backups this weekend. 

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