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New traffic configuration in place on I-94 in east metro

Motorists on I-94 in the east metro will notice that new lane configurations are now in place between Mounds Boulevard and Century Avenue.

Overnight, MnDOT reduced eastbound I-94 to two lanes with the far left lane designed to carry through traffic and the far right lane to carry traffic exiting to local streets. It's an arrangement similar to one MnDOT is using in the north metro on I-694 in Shoreview.

The new configuration on I-94 was put into place Wednesday night because crews finished paving all the westbound I-94 lanes a little ahead of schedule. Crews will now go to work resurfacing the eastbound lanes.

The new arrangement will be in place until August, MnDOT says.

With repairs complete, Stillwater Lift Bridge reopens

It was another all-nighter for Minnesota Department of Transportation crews but they finished repairs on the Stillwater Lift Bridge and opened it to traffic early Thursday morning.

MnDOT shut down the bridge around 10 p.m. Wednesday night to install a new power cable on the 80-year-old bridge connecting Stillwater and western Wisconsin. The cable replaced one that burned out Tuesday and left the bridge unoperable.

MnDOT made a temporary fix overnight Tuesday to Wednesday and made the permanent fix Wednesday night, said spokesman Kent Barnard.

On Tuesday, a malfunction in an electrical meter socket that monitors power usage on the bridge failed at 12:05 p.m. That left the bridge stuck abut 30 feet above the St. Croix River.

Crews thought the problem was fixed around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, but during testing, the bridge stalled again and workers had to be lowered from the lift span by bucket truck, Barnard said.

MnDOT worked through the night to get the bridge open for Wednesday's commute. They did the same thing to get the bridge open for Thursday. It reopened about 4:30 a.m. Thursday