MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Drive with patience this weekend as you make your way around the Twin Cities. There are a few major road projects and motorists should expect detours and delays.

MnDOT said eastbound Interstate 94 will be closed at the Interstate 694 junction in Brooklyn Center from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday while crews paint bridges.

The detour in that area will go from southbound Highway 169 to eastbound Interstate 394 to eastbound I-94.

Another major closures starts on Hwy. 169 between Highway 62 and Excelsior Blvd. in Minnetonka. The roads there will be closed in both directions from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday for removal of the Bren Road Bridge.

MnDOT asks drivers to use Hwy 62 or Highway 100 and I-394 to get to their destinations.

And those traveling back home from a weekend up north can expect some traffic headaches too.

Interstate 35E will be down to a single lane in both directions between County Road 96 in White Bear Lake and the I-35/I-35W/I-35E split in Forest Lake starting at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Crews will be starting up the concrete overlay project again in the southbound lanes since it was delayed after the state shutdown.

This will last until mid-October when both directions of I-35E will go back to two lanes.

MnDOT will return to the area in spring 2012 to complete the concrete overlay on the north lanes.

For more information on the road projects, click here.

Comments (6)
  1. Tony Zuk says:


    1. PassiveAggressiveMN says:

      Minnesota and every other midwestern (and likely other areas) state. Why do Minnesotans think they have the monopoly on construction, weather, etc. You’re really not all that special.

      1. me says:

        Where did he say MN does? He wasn’t making assumptions on other states becasue he doesn’t live there.

  2. Bill says:

    Glad to see the State is back to work, now we can’t get to work!!!

  3. Andre says:

    I worked with someone who had left the DOT. They reported that the companies paving roads could use inferior materials.

    However, they were fined a certain amount per unit if the material was inferior to the contract specified materials.

    When it came down to the fine per unit compared to the profit savings per unit, the contractors were making out like bandits by using inferior materials, the fines were less than what they saved, so more profit for the contractors to use inferior materials.

    Why would the state write up contracts where they encourage the contractors to use cheap pavement?

    Can someone validate if this practice is still going on?

  4. Darren says:

    simple, it keeps them employed as they always have to fix the roads then.

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