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Overnight Lowry Hill Tunnel, I-35W closures set for this week

Attention late-night drivers: Two of the metro area's busiest freeways will be shut down during the overnight hours this week. They include I-35W in Bloomington and I-94 in downtown Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will close the westbound lanes of I-94 in the Lowry Hill Tunnel Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to complete work related to this summer's pavement rehabilitation and bridge repair project.

All westbound lanes will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each of the three nights as crews install a curb near the inside wall, put in new lighting and apply final lane striping.  During the closures, drivers can use the Prohibited Vehicle route via the Hennepin/Lyndale Avenue exit and rejoin westbound I-94 near I-394.

The eastbound lanes inside the tunnel will remain open.

In Bloomington, motorists will encounter closures on I-35W as crews set beams for the new 86th Street bridge. Southbound lanes will be shut down between I-494 and 90th Street from 10 p.m. Wednesday until 5 a.m. Thursday. The posted detour is via Crosstown or I-494 east to Cedar Avenue, then south to I-35E to I-35.

Then from 10 p.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Friday, the northbound lanes between Hwy. 13 to I-494 will be closed. The detour is via northbound I-35E or Hwy. 13 to Cedar Avenue, then north on Cedar to I-494 and west back to I-35W.

While the freeway is closed, crews also will install a new beam for 82nd Street bridge. That bridge was damaged in April and has been one lane in each direction ever since.

Over in St. Paul, the intersection of Lexington Parkway and Grand Avenue will close from 7 p.m. Wednesday until 7 p.m. Friday. Ramsey County crews will be removing and replacing crumbling brick crosswalks. While no specific detour will be in place, drivers can take side streets to get around the closure.  Parking will be banned on Dunlop and Oxford streets between Grand and Summit avenues during the closure.

Look for a new configuration on Cleveland Avenue in Roseville starting this week. The segment between Iona Lane and Glenpaul Avenue will be resurfaced and restriped. The road will go from four lanes (two traffic lanes in each direction) to three lanes, with one traffic lane in each direction and a center turn lane. There also will be a bike lane in each direction.

Drivers on Marshall Avenue/Lake Street bridge will have only one lane in each direction through mid-October. Ramsey County crews are removing and replacing expansion joints. As a result, things are a bit tight on the bridge over the Mississippi River and drivers need to be watchful for pedestrians and bicyclists, the county said.

Up in Osceola, it will be another two weeks before the Hwy. 243 bridge over the St. Croix River reopens. The target date had been Thursday, but crews need more time to finish their work, said MnDOT spokesman Kevin Walker.

Workers are restoring the bridge deck, resurfacing the highway and repairing hillside erosion. The bridge has been closed since Sept. 12 when a hole appeared in the deck.

Weekend traffic: One last closure on I-94, busy on the sports scene

The first full weekend of fall is shaping up to be a warm one, perfect for romping through a corn maze or checking out the bright yellow, red and orange tree leaves.

Like the trees, drivers will find lots of color - as in cones - on metro area roadways with one more closure on I-94 in Brooklyn Center. The Lake Street-Marshall bridge in Minneapolis is down to a single lane for nine days.

Big crowds are expected around sporting events, including the Vikings' game at noon Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium and the 30,000 fans expected to pack Target Field Saturday for the St. Thomas-St. John's football game.

Other traffic generating events include a Wild preseason game at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, a Minnesota United soccer game at 7 p.m. Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium and a Lynx playoff game Sunday at Williams Arena at the U.

Interstate 94 in Minneapolis and St. Paul

1. I-94 from Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center:  Eastbound lanes closed from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday between I-694 and Hwy. 252. Drivers will be detoured to south on Hwy. 169 to east I-394.Ramps to and from Shingle Creek Parkway will be closed. Periodic lane closures between Hwy. 252 and Hwy. 55. Third Street ramp in downtown Minneapolis to I-94 west will also be closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

2. I-94 from St. Paul to Maplewood: Eastbound has one lane set aside for through traffic while one lane is for drivers who want to access local streets. Lane and restrictions and ramp closures between Century Avenue and Mounds Boulevard.

3. Cedar and Portland avenues: Closed between 28th and Lake streets.

4. 5th Avenue S.: The ramps to northbound I- 35W and eastbound I-94 are closed. Fifth Avenue is closed between Franklin Avenue and E. 19th Street.

5. Franklin Avenue S: The bridge over I-35W is closed until spring 2018.

6. I-35W: The southbound I-35W ramp to 35th Street closed. Motorists should follow the posted detour to the 46th Street. The MnPass lane on northbound I-35W is closed from 24th Street to downtown Minneapolis.

East Metro

7. Hwy. 110 in Mendota Heights: Westbound lanes closed between I-494 and I-35E through Oct. 2.

8. Hwy. 95 in Afton: Southbound lanes closed between 15th and 21st streets.

9. Hwy. 61 in Cottage Grove: The County Road 19/Innovation Road overpass is closed.

10. Hwy. 5 in St. Paul: Both directions at Payne Avenue reduced to two lanes. Payne Avenue is closed between E. 7th Street and Woodward Avenue.

11. Hwy. 149/Smith Avenue in St. Paul: The High Bridge is closed until December 2018.

12. Hwy. 51/Snelling Avenue in Falcon Heights: Lane restrictions between Energy Park Drive and Hwy. 36.

North Metro
13. Eastbound 694 in Shoreview: Restricted to two lanes separated by a concrete barrier between Hwy. 10 and I-35E. The inside lane carries through traffic and drivers must continue east on I-694. The outside/right lane allows access to local streets and drivers must continue south on I-35E. Westbound traffic is down to two lanes. Eastbound Hwy. 10 ramp to I-694 is closed. MnDOT says consider using an alternate route,or detour via Snelling Avenue.

14. I-35W at Hwy. 10 in Arden Hills: Ramps from west Hwy. 10 to north I-35W and north I-35W to County Road I are closed.

15. Hwy. 10 in Elk River: Intermittent lane closures between Waco Street and Joplin Street.

16. Hwy. 243 in Osceola, Wis.: The bridge is closed. Detour via Hwy. 8 through Taylors Falls.

West Metro
17. Hwy. 169 in Edina and St. Louis Park: Closed between Bren Road and Lincoln Drive/5th Street and single lane between I-394 and Excelsior Boulevard. Ramps at Bren Road are closed. The ramp from west I-394 to south Hwy. 169 is closed.

18. Hwy. 41 in Chaska: Closed between Hwy. 5 and Lyman Boulevard until Sept. 26

South Metro
19. 66th Street in Richfield: Closed to through traffic between Girard and Xerxes avenues S.
20. 86th Street in Bloomington: The overpass at I-35W is closed. Southbound I-35W from 8 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday reduced to two lanes from I-494 to 90th Street.
21. Hwy. 55 in Inver Grove Heights: Lane restrictions in the vicinity of Argenta Trail.
22. Hwy. 3 in Castle Rock: The highway is closed between W. 275 and 280th streets.
23. Hwy. 169 in Shakopee: One lane closed between Hwy. 41 and W. 145th Street from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.