I-94 in Maple Grove will be closed for the weekend

Journeys in and out of the cities via I-94 will take longer this weekend.

People headed in or out of the Twin Cities this weekend face disruption as one of the main routes into the metro area will shut starting Friday evening.

Interstate 94 will close in Maple Grove in both directions from 10 p.m. Friday as the Minnesota Department of Transportation demolishes the 101st Avenue North bridge that crosses the interstate.

Construction equipment is being moved into the area Friday evening, with lane closures starting at 8 p.m. before the road fully closes two hours later.

It will mean lengthier journeys for anyone heading northwest out of the cities, who will be sent north on Highway 169 to the new Highway 610, where they will head west and join up at the new Hwy. 610/I-94 interchange northwest of Maple Grove.

Those coming into the Twin Cities will go eastbound on Hwy. 610 and south on Hwy. 169 before re-joining I-94.

There's quite a bit happening in the Twin Cities this weekend so those heading into the cities from the northwest should set off a little earlier than usual.

First Eric Church and then the Red Hot Chili Peppers are playing Target Center in Minneapolis Friday and Saturday, respectively, before the Timberwolves host the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

In St. Paul, the Minnesota Wild are playing on consecutive nights at the Xcel Energy Center, against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday and the Nashville Predators Sunday.

The bridge work has been rescheduled twice because of bad weather, but conditions should be mild enough to get the work done this weekend.

Crews are removing the bridge as part of the Hwy. 610 project, which has seen the road realigned and extended. More on the project can be found here.

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