What to know about the roads before you hit them for Memorial Day


Get going! With the peak travel periods on state roads expected to be between noon and 8 p.m. on both Friday and Monday, the open road may be less so as holiday travelers take off.

Whether you're bound for the cabin for some fishing or the cineplex for a summer blockbuster, there are construction projects that could slow your travel. The Star Tribune has some context for the roadwork list from the Minnesota Transportation Department.

In the metro:

Hwy 169: The reconstruction of the Crosstown overpass has the southbound lanes closed at Hwy. 62. The detour takes motorists west on Hwy. 212 to 494, then back to 169.

I-694: Both directions of the freeway between I-35W and Shingle Creek Parkway have lane and ramp closures from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

I-35: Lane closures between County Road 50 and County 70 in both directions in Lakeville and Elko.

Greater Minnesota

I-94: Intermittent lane closures associated with a repaving project between Wright County Road 8 and County 75 on either side of Monticello. North Wright County Today warned motorists to expect slowdowns to to the narrowed, temporary lanes

I-35: Lane closures between County 3 and Hwy. 33 in Cloquet

Hwy. 52: Between Northfield Boulevard (near Hampton) and 190th Street, the road is reduced to one lane. The Star Tribune notes this created a backup last Sunday evening

Otter Tail County: Freeway reduced to a single lane in each direction. That includes County Road 35 to Minnesota Hwy. 79 west of Evansville. A bridge project will have traffic sharing one side of the freeway from exit 50 to County Road 67.

You can check 511mn.org for the latest road construction and closure information.

Wisconsin road construction along heavily traveled roads will be halted over the holiday weekend, but there will still be some delays related to construction projects. Drivers on Interstate 94 around Racine can expect slowdowns because of ongoing lane closures, according to the Racine Journal Times.

WAOW in Wausau reminds motorists that the "Click It or Ticket" campaign is underway in Wisconsin, where officers will be checking to see if they are wearing their seat belts as the summer season officially begins.

Last year, there were five traffic fatalities in Wisconsin over Memorial Day weekend.

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