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The ramp from France Avenue to eastbound 494 has reopened, so motorists can access eastbound 494 there.
A reminder to motorists heading to Terminal 2 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport: The ramp from westbound 494 to 34th Avenue is closed for work on the new diverging-diamond interchange at 34th. Drivers are being detoured via 24th Avenue and Airport Lane.
No closures on Hwy. 169 in northwest metro
All lanes of southbound Hwy. 169 between Hwy. 55 and I-94 will be open this weekend. They have been shut down, or scheduled to be closed, for a pavement repair and resurfacing project over the past month. The weather has not always cooperated, but more weekend closures are coming.
However, this weekend, drivers get a reprieve. Of course, the weather looks like it will be fine.
Hwy. 36 update
Motorists in Maplewood have been dealing with the closure of Hwy. 36 in both directions between Hwy. 61 and White Bear Avenue for a couple of weeks. As of last Wednesday, a few new closures have been added:
The ramp from southbound Hwy. 61 to westbound Hwy. 36 is closed and will not reopen until Aug. 1. Ahead, look for some construction from Hwy. 61 to west of the Keller Lake bridge.
Pedestrians and bicyclists will find the Bruce Vento Trail over Hwy. 36 is closed. No travel is being allowed from Cope Avenue to Gervais Avenue in Maplewood.
Trail users are being rerouted via Cope Avenue, Hazelwood Street and Gervais Avenue. A trail crossing has been installed at Hwy. 36, and a temporary trail marker has been put down on Cope Avenue. The trail is scheduled to reopen on Aug. 21.
To the east, motorists on DeMontreville Trail can’t access Hwy. 36 until Wednesday. Crews are completing a new J-turn at the intersection.
Minneapolis parkway closures
The Independence Day Run will take place on Lake Harriet Parkway around the lake from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Plan on using alternate routes during the run.
Tim Harlow • 612-673-7768