MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – As of Monday morning, driving in Minneapolis is a bit more complicated.

All of the major southside exits from Interstate 35W into downtown — 11th Street, Grant Street and 5th Avenue — are closed for construction.

They’ll be closed for the next four months.

While the morning commute Monday was congested, it wasn’t a parking lot. In other words: it could have been worse.

Megan Oelfke, who works at Target Corp. on downtown’s Nicollet Mall, said that her drive was 10 minutes longer.

detour 1 4 Month Construction Headache Begins For I 35W Commuters

(credit: CBS)

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is suggesting that commuters take alternate routes in and out the city, such as Highway 62 crosstown, Highway 100 and Interstate 394.

Another suggestion: Take the bus.

detours 3 4 Month Construction Headache Begins For I 35W Commuters

(credit: CBS)

Metro Transit has expanded service on 12 routes.

The downtown construction is part of a 4-year, $239 million project that is replacing 11 bridges and adding a major transit hub at Lake Street.

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