4th July traffic: Ongoing road projects likely to cause delays

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Thousands of Minnesotans will take to the roads starting Friday afternoon as they celebrate 4th of July weekend.

But before you set off, you might want to check what road construction is going on around the state this weekend as there could be delays during times of high traffic volume.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has put out this map of all the major road projects in greater Minnesota this weekend.

There is good news for anyone using I-94 between St. Cloud and Collegeville. A construction project there has seen the Interstate reduced to a single lane recently, but ALL lanes will be open for the holiday weekend before going back to single lane on Tuesday.

But the news is less good for those heading to the North Shore this weekend, with I-35 reduced to head-to-head traffic between Pine City and Hinckley which makes delays very likely.

Highway 61 meanwhile is reduced to single-lane in sections north of Duluth.

There are also significant detours in place for those using Highway 23 between Raymond and Clara City, and single-lane traffic on Highway 169 north of Milaca.

Highway 169 is also closed between St. Peter and Mankato south of the Twin Cities, with a detour taking drivers via Highway 14, Nicollet County Road 13 and Highway 69.

You can take a closer look at the projects here.

Twin Cities

Here's a map of the ongoing works in the Twin Cities.

Several of the "new" projects highlighted in red on this map – including work on the stretch of I-394, and at New Brighton on I-35W – won't start until Tuesday, so no worries there.

The interchange of Highway 280 and I-35W is also open again, though Highway 280 traffic will be single lane both ways between Broadway St. and Como Ave.

But there are still plenty of ramp closures in place on I-35E in St. Paul and "intermittent" lane closures on the Interstate at Vadnais Heights.

Ramp closures continued meanwhile on Highway 100 in Edina and Highway 169 in New Hope and St. Louis Park.

And there is still a lot of disruption on I-494 between I-94/I-694 in Maple Grove and I-394 in Minnetonka, with all traffic shifted to the southbound side of I-494 while crews work on northbound I-494.

Westbound traffic on I-694 in the north metro meanwhile is separated by a barrier between I-35E and Lexington Ave., with through traffic using the left lane and the right lane taking traffic to local road exits.

You can take a closer look at metro construction here.

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