Here is some news that should have drivers who use I-94 between Rogers and St. Michael cheer. MnDOT will hold a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a..m. Monday to kick of a project that will add an extra lane in each direction between Hwy. 101 and Hwy. 241.

MnDOT Commissioner Charles Zelle and other federal, state, and local dignataries will attend the ceremony at the former St. Michael Cinemagic theater at the intersection of Hwy. 241 and I-94.

The $28.3 million project will make the segment three lanes in ech direction. It also will extend the exit ramp from westbound I-94 to Hwy. 101 in Rogers.  Bridges at the Crow River will be widened and a noise wall will be built on the north side of I-94 at the Rogers exit.

MnDOT says the project, which will take until November, will alleviate congestion and rush hour backups on a the heavily used freight and commuter route and reduce congestion on secondary routes.

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