MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The heat and humidity have taken a toll on our Minnesota roads. The left two lanes of westbound Interstate 94 at Lowry Avenue and the left two lanes of eastbound I-94 at 49th Avenue in Minneapolis are closed due to pavement buckling.
Minnesota Department of Transportation officials are on the scene, assessing the severity of the pavement failures but there is no estimate for how long the road will need to be closed.
Motorists should avoid the area, if possible.
MnDOT was also on the scene of road buckling east of the metro. The Minnesota State Patrol spokesperson tweeted the pavement had buckled on westbound I-94 near the St. Croix rest area. The left and middle lanes were closed while repairs were being made but they are back open.
To make matters worse, due to the government shutdown, MnDOT is under minimal staffing. They anticipate longer response times for the repairs.