Planning a trip to the lake this week? Be ready for road construction


If you're heading out to the lakes for the fishing opener, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is offering a warning to anglers on the highway.

MnDOT urges travelers to plan ahead and use extra care while driving through highway construction zones. Officials say motorists may encounter bypasses, lane closures and detours along Minnesota highways this summer resulting from hundreds of different transportation projects.

Here is a list of projects MnDOT says may impact weekend travel this weekend:

  • I-35E between Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake – lane and ramp closures
  • Highway 61 in Forest Lake – single lane traffic
  • Highway 8 between Highway 95 and Taylor Falls – detour
  • I-94 between St. Paul and Woodbury – intermittent lane and ramp closures
  • Highway 280 between I-35W and Broadway St. – detour
  • I-494 in Plymouth – multiple lane and ramp closures
  • Highway 100 in St. Louis Park – ramp and lane shift
  • I-94 between St. Cloud and Collegeville – lane closures, slow traffic
  • Highway 169 north of Milaca – one lane each direction, slow traffic
  • Highway 71 between Sauk Centre and Belgrade – single lane, stopped traffic
  • I-35 between Pine City and Hinckley – lane shifts, slow traffic
  • I-35 in Duluth – lane restrictions and ramp closures
  • I-94/Highway 29 in Alexandria – single lane on Highway 29, delays
  • Highway 169 between St. Peter and Mankato – detour
  • Highway 52/Highway 63 in Rochester – lane shifts, ramp closures
  • Highway 23 between Holland and Pipestone, Russell to Florence – detour

MnDOT recommends those looking to head to the lake, or anyone hitting the roads this weekend go to 511mn.org in advance to get information about road construction projects and detours that could affect your journey.

Dangerous spring on Minnesota roads

Department of Public Safety officials have said traffic fatalities on Minnesota highways this spring have been going the wrong direction.

Late last month, the DPS statistics showed more than 100 people have already been killed in crashes on Minnesota highways – a pace running ahead of last year when 411 traffic deaths occurred in the state.

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