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Day 2 of I-694 construction work not so bad

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Motorists who found it slow going Tuesday on the first day of a dreaded I-694 construction project saw some easing on Day 2, the Star Tribune reports. Fears of total gridlock between Highway 100 and East River Road did not materialize, although there were delays, the newspaper reports.

Predictably, traffic was heavier Wednesday on alternate routes, including Highway 610 westbound and on southbound Interstate 35W, the newspaper reports.

The $21 million project work is expected to last until November.

The project's goals, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation:

Resurface I-694 and repair concrete between I-35W and Hwy 100
Resurface all ramps and loops
Replace bridge decks at Hwy 252
Repair drainage beneath roadway

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