Steer clear: Roads closed ahead

  • Article by: TIM HARLOW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 19, 2014 - 7:28 AM

Festivals and summer construction may force you to take different routes.


July 30, 2013: Traffic made its way through ongoing road construction along Highway 36 in Oakdale, Minn.

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The parties just keep coming in the Twin Cities with the Aquatennial in Minneapolis and Highland Fest in St. Paul this weekend. But between the festivities and road construction, commuters will find plenty of weekend obstacles.

It won’t be a lot of fun on Interstate 35W in Bloomington and Hwy. 100 in Brooklyn Center. Portions of both highways will be closed all weekend as the state Department of Transportation tears down one bridge and begins building another.

Continuing construction projects on Hwy. 52 and Hwy. 55 through Inver Grove Heights and Eagan, along with work on Hwy. 169, also will challenge commuters.

For transit users, Metro Transit says several routes that pass through St. Paul’s Highland Park area will be detoured due to Highland Fest. Detours will run 8 p.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Sunday. Details are listed on the agency’s rider alert page.

No disruptions are anticipated on the Blue, Green or Red light-rail lines.

Watch out for:

I-35W closure

MnDOT is taking down the overpass at 94th Street in Bloomington from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Hwy. 100 closure

Last week MnDOT took down part of the Brooklyn Boulevard bridge over Hwy. 100 in Brooklyn Center. This weekend the agency will be putting beams in place for its replacement. From 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, both directions of Hwy. 100 will be closed.

Minneapolis parkways

• The Aquatennial Beach Bash with the milk-carton boat races and sand-castle competition at Lake Calhoun will close the parkway around the lake to traffic from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

• Victory Memorial Drive will be filled with runners competing in the Bolder Dash from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday. Races run from Webber Park to Lowry Avenue.

• Lake Nokomis Parkway is closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for the Bacon Chase 5K Fun Run.

Hwy. 65 in Spring Lake Park/Fridley

For another three weeks or so, the southbound lanes of Hwy. 65 from County Road 10 to Medtronic Parkway remain closed as highway pavement and improvement projects continue.

Hwy. 169 in Edina

Southbound Hwy. 169 between the Crosstown and Valley View Road is closed for at least another week.

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