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Yep, more road construction! New Highway 100 work starts today

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Happy Monday, we've got just the thing to help start your work week off on the right foot: more highway construction to consider.

Road resurfacing along Highway 100, from its intersection with Interstate 494 in Bloomington north just past Highway 62, starts Monday.

Here's what that means for drivers:

  • Traffic in both directions – from south of West 70th Street to north of Highway 62 – will be down to two lanes.
  • In addition, the northbound Highway 100 ramp to West 77th Street and the West 77th Street ramp to Highway 100, will be closed through July 25.
  • The northbound Highway 100 ramp to Barry Street will close for 25-30 days.
  • Both eastbound West 66th Street over Highway 100 and West 70th Street at Highway 100 will close at some point between Monday, July 20 and late August for five to 10 days.
  • Highway 62 under Highway 100 will have short-term, off-peak lane closures for up to 60 days.
  • And Benton Avenue over Highway 100 will close for two straight days.

There are already closures north of that work, on Highway 7 and Minnetonka Boulevard.

It's actually step one of a yearlong project – in 2016, there will be similar closures from Benton Avenue up through Excelsior Boulevard. Click here and see the map below for more info.

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That's right about where the Interstate 394 construction that gave drivers headaches (and earned MnDOT some complaints) last week ends. The westbound lane of Interstate 394 between Interstate 94 and Highway 100 are closed to resurface the roadway.

It's expected to last another week, then it's time to do the eastbound lanes.

How to zipper merge

MnDOT has also been tweeting reminders to zipper merge – which means filling both lanes of traffic, even if one will close soon, then merging into the single lane at that point.

That also means drivers in the lane that won't close need to be courteous and let cars in the adjacent lane come in.

WE Fest traffic

In Detroit Lakes, officials are warning drivers heading to WE Fest in a few weeks to think about traffic, The Forum reports.

Slow, two-lane traffic is expected on Highway 10 during the music festival, which runs Aug. 6-8.

Still, officials told the paper they're "over the hump" – the worst of the work is over in that area.

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