MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -– The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be closing part of Highway 169 for construction this weekend.
The highway will close at Interstate 494 at 10 p.m. on Friday, and it will remain closed until 5 a.m. next Monday. The loop ramps from Highway 169 to Interstate 494 will also close.
MnDOT says drivers should expect delays and detours in both directions. Detours will direct drivers past the closure via Highway 212, Highway 62 and Highway 100.
The highway is closing so that crews can place beams for a new flyover bridge that goes from westbound Interstate 494 to southbound Highway 169.
The flyover bridge is part of a project that plans to turn the expressway into a freeway by rebuilding the interchange with six ramps instead of eight.
The resulting design plans to remove traffic signals, reduce congestion and improve safety, MnDOT says.