Take a deep breath: More traffic slowdowns this weekend


Even more orange cones will slow Minnesota motorists this weekend.

The Star Tribune notes that a busy weekend is ahead for metro-area residents and visitors who will travel to the Aquatennial’s annual fireworks show on the Minneapolis riverfront and a Twins three-game home stand against the New York Yankees at Target Field.

And drivers headed to these events will face detours on Interstate 94 in St. Paul. The westbound lanes between Interstate 35E and Hwy. 280 will close at 10 p.m. Friday and are scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday.

In the west metro, southbound Interstate 494 between the Fish Lake Interchange and I-394 will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.

The website for the Minnesota Department of Transportation has a full list of projects, with a reminder to use 511mn.org for more information.

In the east metro, a Saturday closure of Hwy. 5 between Davern Street in St. Paul and Hwy. 55 near Fort Snelling may affect traffic around the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

KARE found a bright spot in the metro construction picture. The station noted that motorists will get a temporary reprieve from backups that have snarled traffic on I-394.

The main westbound lanes reopened Friday, but beginning next Friday, July 31 crews will close the mainline lanes on eastbound I-394 between Highway 100 and I-94. The closure will last for approximately two weeks.

Work to make I-394 smoother has yet to begin. Motorists should expect overnight lane closures and delays on westbound I-394 between I-94 and Highway 100 for several weeks as crews continue that work.

Delays in the North

Construction slowdowns are also plaguing motorists in the northern part of the state.

KDAL in Duluth warned that northbound lanes of I-35 will close between 9 p.m and 6 a.m, beginning Sunday night and will remain closed overnight on weekdays until Aug. 7. One lane of northbound I-35 will also be closed for most of the month of August.

Elsewhere, the Mesabi Daily News in Virginia noted that $60 million is being spent on construction projects in St. Louis County this year. The biggest of these is the resurfacing of Highway 16.

The road is a main thoroughfare for logging companies and a direct route to the North Shore. Although Highway 16 will remain open during resurfacing, temporary lane closures will cause traffic delays.

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