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Expect delays: Winter's over, so billion-dollar road repair season begins

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Commuters who spent the winter stuck in slowed traffic need to take a deep breath and get ready to get stuck in slowed traffic because of road construction.

It's sort of the season opener this weekend. KSTP reported that a major road construction project begins in the metro area as a stretch of Interstate 94 shuts down for road work in both directions east of downtown St. Paul. (Westbound I-94 will be closed between Highway 61 and I-35E. Eastbound I-94 will be closed from I-35E to Mounds Blvd.) In addition, a section of Highway 62 between I-35 and Highway 100 will be closed this weekend as well.

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KARE 11 notes that closures for both projects are set to begin at 10 p.m. Friday. The roads will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday in time for the start of the work week. But be ready for detours through the weekend.

It's a longer term hassle in the west metro, where the Star Tribune notes that a section of Hwy. 169 closes Sunday evening and remain shut down until July. The southbound lanes of Hwy. 169 between Crosstown Hwy. 62 and Valley View Road. The nine-week project will resurface the road, improve drainage systems, install guardrails and put a new deck on the overpass spanning the Crosstown

Get ready. The Minnesota Department of Transportation previously announced it would spend $1.1 billion on 308 projects across the state. Metro motorists will work around 74 of them; 194 will complicate travel in greater Minnesota. Work on railroad crossings and at regional airports is also included in that total.

Nick Carpenter, a MnDOT spokesman, told the Star Tribune that another complex project will begin in the middle of summer, when drivers will face closures between I-394 and the Crosstown that will last into the early fall. The project, geared to helping traffic flow, will disrupt traffic with a series of detours.

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