March 20, 2017 01:08 PM
A major construction project along Interstate 94 starts Monday.
Drivers will be funneled into two lanes along Interstate 94 eastbound between Shingle Creek Parkway and Highway 252 in Brooklyn Center into June. The work is part of a much larger maintenance and preservation project that will resurface lanes along I-94 and repair 50 bridges.
“This is a big project. We don’t want to underplay this at all. We want people to be aware that this is coming and prepare for it and plan for it,” Dave Aeikens, with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, said.
In the coming weeks, drivers will encounter lane and ramp closures from Brooklyn Center all the way to downtown Minneapolis through this fall.
One of the biggest ramp closures drivers will have to contend with is the ramp from I-35W northbound to I-94 westbound. It will shut down from May to August.
Ramp closures are also coming to Interstate 394, I-94, I-694, Highway 252 and Highway 55.
MnDOT said the improvements will make I-94 smoother and safer, but some drivers can't help but think about the extra time it may cost them. Eddie Creighton, though, said he understands repairs are needed.
"I have a tie rod that's going out now because of these potholes, so it needs to be done," Creighton said. "Winters are hard on the roads and we've got Chicago potholes."
The Lowry Hill Tunnel will see some major changes too. A portion of it will close in May. Drivers will be shifted to one side of the tunnel through August as crews make repairs to the tiles and replace the railings.
“It’ll be two lanes going in each direction (in the Lowry Tunnel), with a concrete barrier in-between. There will be 10-foot lanes. We’re going to prohibit trucks, so nothing weighing more than 9,000 pounds will be allowed in there,” Aeikens said.
This project is expected to have the biggest impact to traffic in the metro this construction season. Learn more about the project.
Josie Smith & Tyler Berg
Updated: March 20, 2017 01:08 PM
Created: March 17, 2017 06:35 AM
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