Driving home: A look at construction zones, travel delays


As the holiday weekend comes to a close one thing is on a lot of drivers' minds – traffic.

The drive home Sunday evening could be filled with traffic delays and construction zones, KSTP notes. Especially because there's an increase in travelers this Fourth of July weekend and there's a possibility for heavy rain and storms Sunday afternoon.

Here's a look at some of the delays drivers may encounter, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation:

Northern Minnesota

– Highway 10 east of Glyndon: Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction.

– Highway 29 and Broadway Street in downtown Alexandria: Traffic detoured to adjacent streets.

– Highway 95 at Rum River in Cambridge: A detour is in place on local streets. Note: There's a width limit.

Highway 33 northbound: Restricted to single lane near the intersection of Doddridge Avenue and Big Lake Road – the entrance from Big Lake Road to Super One is closed, frontage entrances are closed on both sides of Highway 33 at Doddridge Avenue and Big Lake Road.

Highway 71 in Browerville: Road closed, detour via County Roads 14 and 11.

– Highway 22 in Eden Valley: Road closed, detour via County Road 9.

Central Minnesota

Highway 10 in Rice: Lane shifts and temporary signals set up. Lanes are open, but it's a work zone, so delays are expected.

– Interstate 94 at Highway 25 in Monticello also has some lane shifts in place and a number of the ramps from I-94 to Highway 25 are closed, KSTP says.

Twin Cities

Hoghway 61: Single-lane traffic in both directions between White Bear Avenue and north of Highway 96 in White Bear Lake.

Highway 65: Southbound between 53rd Avenue Northeast in Fridley and County Road 10 in Spring Lake Park is closed.

Highway 36 and Hilton in Pine Springs: Lane and ramp closures: Northbound Interstate 694 ramp to eastbound Highway 36, ramp from Hilton Trail to westbound Highway 36 and access to Viking Drive from eastbound Highway 36 are all closed

Highway 101 and County Road 144 in Rogers: Highway 101 north of I-94 in Rogers is reduced to one lane in both directions until this fall, which is really backing up traffic on weekends this summer. Additional lane closures in the area: Northbound to eastbound County Road 144 is closed, westbound County Road 144 to northbound Highway 101 is closed, County Road 144 is closed west of James Road and Highway 101 between South Diamond Lake Road and 147th Street is a single lane.

Highway 169 in Edina: Southbound is closed between Highway 62 and Valley View Road.

– Highway 41 between Chaska and Shakopee is closed due to flooding.

Southern Minnesota

Interstate 35 in Owatonna: Reduced to one lane in each direction. The state Department of Transportation says Sunday night will be one of the worst for traffic, KSTP reports.

Highway 52 in Cannon Falls: Lane closures.

Highway 63 south: Detour from north of Stewartville to south of Racine.

Highway 14: Detour from Florence to Tracy.

Highway 24: Detour from Litchfield to Highway 15.

Highway 7, 22: Detour from Cosmos to Hutchinson.

Highway 212: Detour from Dawson to west of Highway 59.

Highway 169 from St. Peter to LeSueur: Lane restrictions.

Highway 22 in Mankato: Detour.

Highway 60 near St. James: Detour.

– Highway 19 and 93 from Highway 169 to Henderson: Closed because of flooding.

For the latest on traffic in the metro, click here, and for statewide traffic information, click here. For details on all road construction projects in Minnesota, click here.

Weekend crashes

A trio of separate crashes around the state killed four people since the start of the July Fourth weekend – a holiday known as one of the deadliest for Minnesota motorists.

Two of those accidents are described as fatal rollovers; the other involved a State Patrol squad car and left two people dead.

Fourth of July weekend is historically one of the deadliest for drivers. There have been 59 deaths in the past 10 years over the holiday – 34 fatalities were attributed to alcohol-related crashes, MnDOT said in a news release.

“In the summer, we experience fewer crashes than in the winter, but along with the warmer temperatures, people tend to drive at higher speeds and crashes are more severe, which results in more fatalities and serious injuries,” said Donna Berger, Office of Traffic Safety director. “In addition to always buckling up, driving at safe speeds and paying attention to the road, the high number of DWI arrests is a call to action for all Minnesotans to plan a sober ride home before going out to celebrate.”

Since 2004, Independence Day also has seen 4,585 crashes, 200 serious injuries and 5,324 DWI citations, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

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