ROSEVILLE, Minn. - Call it a Monday surprise.
Motorists who use the I-694 corridor between Highway 100 and I-35W got at least a one-day reprieve when the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) decided to delay the start of the major resurfacing project.
Crews were to begin closing lanes at 7 p.m. Sunday night, but MnDOT traffic cameras showed traffic flowing smoothly in both directions on the heavily used interstate during Monday morning's rush hour.
MnDOT spokesperson Kent Barnard says the project has been delayed because the contractor is having equipment issues. Apparently the apparatus used to move and set barriers was not working, and crews did not want to re-stripe lanes without barriers as motorists could become confused.
Planned closures on the westbound lanes of the interstate between East River Road and Highway 100 in Brooklyn Center are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Monday, along with closures on the eastbound lanes of the interstate in the same area.
The ramp from East River Road to westbound I-694 will also be closed Monday night, this one until mid-October. During the work, motorists will find long-term lane closures and ramp and loop closures along the interstate.
The project, which will reconstruct all lanes in both directions of I-694 between Highway 100 and I-35W, is expected to take six months to complete. It was originally scheduled for 2017 but a federal "use it or lose it" funding program made it possible to tackle it four years early.
(Copyright 2013 by KARE. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. )