South news briefs: Carmageddon on Hwy. 169 runs until Aug. 23

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 6, 2013 - 4:07 PM
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Road work continues to dominate activity in the south metro. Construction at the Minnesota River bridge continues into late August and I-35W is closing in two spots this weekend.

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SOUTH METRO

Carmageddon runs until Aug. 23

The chokehold of traffic on Hwy. 169 that has caused severe slowdowns at multiple Minnesota River crossings will continue until Aug. 23, state officials say.

Traffic is down to a single lane in both directions as work is done on the highway and on the Bloomington Ferry Bridge from Bloomington to Shakopee.

A shift of traffic to the south side from the north was expected to be in place by the middle of this week. As part of that shift, these ramps to and from northbound 169 were to close:

• Pioneer Trail

• Old Shakopee Road

• Highway 101

• County Road 21

Maximum speeds are reduced to 50 mph in the construction zone.

For the latest information, go to www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/169bloomington/.

Weekend closures of I-35W coming up

Two weekend closures of Hwy. I-35W between Hwy. 13 and the 35W/35E split are coming up, one for each direction of the road, state officials said.

As of press time, the first was tentatively scheduled to begin on Friday.

Work on the section of I-35 between Elko New Market and the Burnsville split is underway, and drivers can expect off-peak lane closures as crews build crossovers and prepare for traffic switches.

A major switch is likely to start around Aug. 26, officials say, with traffic reduced to a single lane north of Hwy. 50 on weekends before Aug. 26.

PRIOR LAKE

Roadwork about more than roads

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