MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Drivers traveling around the metro are having to give themselves plenty of time to get to their destinations. Several of the major freeways in and around the Twin Cities are off limits until Monday’s morning rush hour.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has several road improvement projects in its lineup this summer.
We all know that during the summer months we have to deal with road construction. But this weekend, freeways north, south and west of the cities all have road closures.
The weekends are the time when crews are able to make some major headway on the improvement projects.
MnDOT shuts down those busy freeways without having as much impact on travel compared to a weekday.
This weekend is particularly bad in the northwest metro, thanks to the Interstate 694 north central upgrades.
Kevin Gutknecht is the director of communications for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
“We really appreciate their patience because we know that it’s difficult,” he said. “We know we are providing some challenges, but ultimately we are taking care of their roads, the roadway system belongs to the public.”