Commuters who use Hwy. 110 through Mendota Heights and surrounding communities will be dealing with detours for the next three months.

On Monday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation shut down the eastbound lanes between I-494 and I-35E and they will remain closed for the next month. When they reopen about July 13, the westbound lanes will close.

The big ticket item will be a tunnel that will carry the Mendota-Lebanon Hills Greenway under the highway. This project is the first stage of the Mendota-Lebanon Hills Regional Greenway, an 8.5-mile greenway between the River to River Greenway in Mendota Heights and Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan, Dakota County officials said.

The Mendota-Lebanon Hills Greenway will link Lebanon Hills Regional Park to the North Urban Regional Trail, which connects to the Mississippi River and downtown St. Paul.

Crews will be working 24 hours a day six days a week on the Hwy. 110 project to modify turn lanes at various locations, upgrade signage, update pedestrian crossings and repave Hwy. 110 between I-35E and I-494. Trees and shrubs also will be removed and drainage improvements will made, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.

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