Starting Monday, there will be new messages on those electronic signs above the highways. You’ve seen those digital signs warning motorists about stepped up enforcement of laws on drunk driving and speeding, but MnDOT felt the messages weren’t sinking in.
Information about Minnesota highway construction, crashes and other road incidents is now just a swipe of your smart phone away with a new app from the state Department of Transportation.
By this time in the season, we’re used to seeing construction cones and detours. Starting Sunday, there’ll be some new changes along 35E. According to MnDOT, crews will shift north and southbound traffic on the freeway between Cedar Avenue and the 35 split. It’ll be single lane, head-to-head traffic for the next two weeks. During that same time, 35-E ramps to County Road 11.
The Stillwater Lift Bridge has opened to both car and boat traffic sooner than expected, the Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. The bridge resumed its normal lift schedule at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Drivers beware: the Stillwater Lift Bridge is slated to close for a few hours at noon Wednesday.
The Stillwater Lift Bridge has been closed after a cable snapped Sunday evening, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT spokesman Kent Barnard says the cable snapped at around 8 p.m. Now, the bridge is in down position and closed to traffic from boats 6-feet tall or higher. Once a replacement cable arrives, it will take a week to install, weather permitting.
Traffic restrictions are slated to begin Monday night on westbound Interstate-694 between East River Road and Highway 100 in Brooklyn Center, the Department of Transportation says. The restrictions were supposed to set in Sunday night, but equipment problems prompted a delay.
Expect delays in both directions as I-35E in Burnsville will be reduced to a single lane as crews repair concrete pavement, MnDOT said. The work is between the I-35/35W/35E split and Cedar Avenue. One-lane traffic begins at midnight on Friday, June 14, and won’t open back up until mid-July.
As the weather gets warmer the Minnesota Department of Transportation is warning motorists and bicyclists to be aware of each other and share the road.
It’s getting warmer, however slowly, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that warmer temperatures mean more bicyclists will return to the road, so motorists and bicyclists need to share the road safely.
A number of roads will be closing later this week as construction crews begin working on resurfacing projects around the Twin Cities. MnDOT says that the first of eight week’s worth of delays and detours will affect motorists using Highway 169.
Drive down any major freeway around the metro and you’re bound to hit some type of road construction. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has dozens of projects underway in the Twin Cities, but this construction season is off to a slow start. The dreary weather is putting a damper on how often crews are able to get to work.
After the 35W Bridge collapsed, MnDOT increased bridge inspectors by 50 percent, introduced new inspection technology, required an independent review of new, complicated bridges and limited the weight on a bridge during construction. In 2008, the state legislature decided to spend $2.5 billion over 10 years on state bridges. Big projects include the Lafayette Bridge (Highway 52) in St. Paul, the Hastings Bridge and Highway 43 in Winona.
Metro area motorists should get ready for some major delays getting to, or from, downtown Minneapolis this weekend, from any direction. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will shut down sections of Interstates 35W and 94 for bridge work and other maintenance.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is alerting Twin Cities motorists that there will be short-term lane closures along part of Interstate 94 starting on Thursday night.