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Major road projects to challenge motorists this weekend

Some major closures will slow traffic and cause backups, and you do NOT want to be stuck in the car with temps predicted in the 90s.

ST PAUL, Minn. — Being stuck in a traffic jam is never good, but with temps this weekend headed for the mid-90s, crawling along in bumper-to-bumper conditions could be detrimental to your car... and you.

That being said, there are at least four major projects that will trigger closures of heavily-used roads across the metro between Friday night and Monday morning. KARE 11's Alicia Lewis lays out the spots you should avoid like the plague. 

  • I-94 closed in both directions in the north metro between Highways 252 and 169. There are multiple posted detours.
  • I-35W northbound lanes closed between the 35W split in Burnsville and I-494 in Richfield. Detour is northbound I-35E to Highway 77 and I-494. 
  • Highway 62 (Crosstown) westbound between Sibley Memorial Highway and MN Highway 5. Detour is southbound I-35E to westbound I-494 to northbound Highway 5. 
  • Highway 52 all southbound lanes between I-94 and I-494. Detour is eastbound I-94 to southbound Highway 61 to westbound I-494. 

All projects will begin at 10 p.m. Friday with some ramp closures beginning earlier. Work is scheduled to wrap up by 5 a.m. Monday, in time for the morning rush. 

For more on road work going on across the metro and greater Minnesota, check out the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) website.


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