A key portion of Interstate 494 near the Mall of America and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will be closed this weekend for resurfacing.

Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, westbound 494 will be closed from 24th Avenue S. to Interstate 35W, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Detour signs will direct motorists around the closure, which is scheduled to end at 5 a.m. Monday, in time for the morning rush hour.

The 2½-mile section of closed interstate is just northwest of the Mall of America and just southwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The work is part of the I-494 improvement project, which also includes replacing guardrails with concrete median barriers.

For more information about the project, visit http://tinyurl.com/nd4smhd.