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Road closures to snarl hockey-tournament traffic into St. Paul

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Headed to the state hockey tournament – or any other St. Paul event – this weekend? Plan accordingly because two major roads north and south of the city will be closed this weekend, which could snarl traffic on detour routes.

Both directions of Interstate 35E will be closed between Interstate 94 in St. Paul and Highway 36 in Little Canada starting around 7 p.m. Friday. The road is expected to open by 5 a.m. Monday. Traffic will be rerouted to I-694 and I-94.

I-35E is closing to allow workers to demolish the Arlington Avenue and Wheelock Parkway bridges as part of the MnPass express lane project, which will add an express lane between Little Canada Road and Maryland Avenue, according to the Pioneer Press.

Warner Road will be closed between Sibley Street and Childs Road starting 7 a.m. Saturday and it should reopen by 5 p.m. Sunday. Crews will demolish part of the old southbound U.S. 52 Lafayette Bridge in St. Paul, the newspaper reports.

There are two big weekend events in St. Paul, each at the Xcel Energy Center. The state high school boys hockey tournament, which runs through Saturday, and a Minnesota Wild game against the St. Louis Blues Sunday night.

In addition, the St. Paul RiverCentre will host the 25th annual Let's Play Hockey expo Friday and Saturday -- the world's largest consumer hockey trade show, featuring 350 booths showcasing hockey equipment and merchandise, the Pioneer Press reports.

Also, the Minnesota Opera is performing “The Dream of Valentino” at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts, according to the Star Tribune.

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