ST. PAUL, Minn. - Beginning Tuesday night, the Minnesota Department of Transportation says it is lowering the speed limit from 60 mph to 50 mph on a stretch of Interstate 94 between Highway 55 to Interstate 694.

Both MnDOT and the Minnesota State Patrol say they've been concerned with motorists speeding in this area. Troopers report there have been 275 crashes in this area since construction began in March. Troopers have also cited 119 motorists for speeding in the stretch of highway. MSP says it will have increased patrols in the area until construction is finished later this year.

“MnDOT urges motorists to drive with care at all times, but especially in work zones where there are crews working to make the roads better. Many times the distance between vehicles and where crews are working is a matter of feet. The reduction in speed will help ensure safety for construction workers and motorists,” said Jay Hietpas, state traffic engineer.

On May 22, a vehicle struck a construction truck with two workers standing nearby. Fortunately, the workers were not injured because the vehicle struck a MnDOT “crash truck”.

More than 200 active work zones are scheduled throughout the state this construction season.