Major weekend roadwork to close I-35W, more metro highways

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Looking to get from the south suburbs to the Gophers game this weekend? You might need to take a detour – all I-35W northbound traffic from the Crosstown to downtown will be closed from late Friday night to early Monday. Southbound traffic will remain open however.

The closure won't start until 11:45 p.m. on Friday, but weekday early morning commuters beware: it won't reopen until 5 a.m. Monday. Motorists will be directed to take 62 east and head north on Hwy. 100. From there, you'll be able to take I-394 east to get downtown.

The closures will start at the 66th Street exit in Richfield all the way up to I-94 downtown, including the ramps at 66th, 60th, 46th, and 35th street as well as Portland, 5th and Franklin Avenues.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation made this map to make things easier:

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In addition to the I-35W closure, both directions of the Crosstown will be closed further west at the Hwy. 169 interchange from 10 a.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. Northbound traffic on Hwy. 169 between I-494 and Bren Road is still closed through early October. To get around the roadblock, head south on Hwy. 169, head west on I-494, then take Hwy. 100 North back to Hwy. 62 Crosstown.

For more on the weekend road closures in the metro, check out the MnDOT's full breakdown of what's closed and how to get around it.

Earlier this year, MnDOT allocated $1.1 billion for 308 construction projects in 2014, including 74 construction projects in the Twin Cities, 194 projects in the rest of the state and improvements to the state's railroad crossings and regional airports.

You can see a full, detailed list of greater Minnesota projects here; all of the metro projects here; and the rail, aeronautic and transit projects here.

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