The first week of the I-394 lane closures brought commuting chaos for downtown Minneapolis and west metro drivers, but the weekend should bring a slight reprieve as traffic volumes should drop off with no major downtown events on the calendar.
Things will be tougher for train riders, however. Metro Transit will shut down portions of both the light-rail lines for maintenance. Blue Line trains will be off the tracks between Target Field Station and Franklin Avenue while Green Line won’t run between Target Field and Stadium Village from 7 p.m. Friday until 11:30 a.m. Saturday and again from 3 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Buses will fill in on both lines.
Expect to see lots of extra traffic along Hwy. 65 in Blaine and on streets surrounding the National Sports Center, site of the Schwan’s USA Cup soccer tournament. The Lynx have a game at 7 p.m. Friday at Target Center. The St. Paul Saints will draw fans to Lowertown for a 5 p.m. Sunday game at CHS Field while St. Paul’s Highland Fest and Rondo Days will generate extra traffic, too. Construction at the Vikings' stadium will take out the intersection of 6th Street and Portland Avenue.
Construction continues on I-494 through Plymouth and Maple Grove where a rash of rear-end and sideswipe crashes over the past six weeks has prompted the State Patrol to crack down on speeding. Troopers will be looking for drivers who don’t obey the reduced speeds in the work zone from Hwy. 55 up to the Fish Lake Interchange.
The rules for work zone are simple: obey the speed limit and pay attention to changing conditions. Do it, and nobody gets hurt. Don’t and pay a $300 fine. Here is where you will find construction this weekend:
I-394 in Minneapolis and Golden Valley
The westbound lanes are closed between I-94 and Hwy. 100. Westbound traffic is shifted onto the two reversible carpool lanes until late July. All eastbound traffic is sharing the general lanes. This weekend, Dunwoody Boulevard/Hennepin Avenue between Lyndale Avenue and 17th Street will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. The Lyndale Avenue bridge over Dunwoody/Hennepin is closed through September.
I-494 in Plymouth and Maple Grove
Two northbound lanes will be open and one southbound lane open Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. That's when MnDOT will slide the movable barrier over to create a second southbound lane to accommodate folks returning from out of town. From Sunday afternoon until Monday afternoon, northbound traffic will be restricted to one lane.
Several ramp closures also are in place:
- Carlson Parkway to southbound I-494
- Carlson Parkway to northbound I-494.
- Eastbound I-394 to northbound I-494
- Southbound I-494 to westbound Hwy. 12
- Southbound I-494 to Carlson Parkway
I-35E in St. Paul
No new changes will be made in the work zone on I-35E between Little Canada Road to University Avenue in downtown St. Paul until Monday. That’s when Roselawn Avenue under I-35E and the ramp from northbound I-35E to Roselawn will close through mid-August. On the freeway, motorists have two southbound lanes and three northbound lanes open.
A number of ramps are closed and be prepared for changing lane configurations as you pass through the area.
- Ramps from southbound 35E to eastbound Hwy. 36 until late August
- Ramps from both directions of Hwy. 36 to southbound I-35E until late August
- Ramps from Maryland and Roselawn Avenues to northbound I-35E until late August
- Southbound I-35E to Maryland Avenue until late August
- Little Canada Road to southbound I-35E until late August
- Southbound I-35E to University Avenue. A temporary ramp from southbound I-35E to 12th Street is open for access to the Regions Hospital Area. The ramp from southbound I-35E to Pennsylvania Avenue remains open.
- University Avenue to westbound 94 is closed
- Both directions of Phalen Boulevard/Pennsylvania Avenue between approximately L’Orient Street and just east of Mississippi Street are reduced to a single lane
- University Avenue to westbound I-94 is closed.
- Northbound ramps to/from Phalen Boulevard are permanently closed.
Hwy. 100 in St. Louis Park
The highway is reduced to two lanes in each direction between Cedar Lake Road and Excelsior Blvd. Reminder that these ramps between Cedar Lake Road and Excelsior Blvd. remained closed:
- Hwy 7 loop to southbound Hwy 100
- Hwy 7 to northbound Hwy 100 closed through fall 2016. Detour to northbound Hwy 100: Excelsior Boulevard.
- Minnetonka Boulevard to southbound Hwy 100
- Minnetonka Boulevard to northbound Hwy 100
- Northbound Hwy 100 to Minnetonka Boulevard closed.
- 27th Street to southbound Hwy 100
- Southbound Hwy 100 ramp to Minnetonka Boulevard
Snelling Avenue in St. Paul
This is not new, but a reminder for folks traveling in the Midway area of St. Paul. Snelling Avenue over I-94 is closed until late August. Traffic is being routed over to Lexington Avenue or along the official detour on Marshall and University Avenues, Vandalia Street and Cretin Avenue.
These ramps are closed:
- Westbound I-94 ramp to Hwy 51/Snelling Avenue closed through mid-July. Use Lexington Avenue exit.
- St. Anthony Avenue ramp to westbound I-94
Hwy. 5/West 7th Street near Ft. Snelling
The road is down to a single lane in both directions between Ft. Snelling (Hwy. 55) to Shepard Road.
Additionally, eastbound Hwy. 5 ramps to Edgcumbe Road, Shepard Road and Mississippi River Boulevard are closed through late September.
The bridge over the Mississippi River is being redecked, Expect backups along W. 7th Street and onto the Mendota Bridge and back into St. Paul starting at Davern Street.
The Edgcumbe Road bridge spanning Hwy 5/West 7th Street is closed through early August. Detour: northbound Davern Street and westbound St. Paul Avenue
The best alternate might be to take I-35E to cross the Mississippi River, then scoot over on Hwy. 110 and skip W. 7th Street altogether.
Hwy. 13 in Mendota
Both directions of the highways are closed between 2nd Street and Lexington Avenue in Mendota at Lilydale. This will be in place until Aug. 22. Detour is via I-35E and Hwy. 110.
Hwy. 10 in Ramsey
Hwy. 10 near Armstrong Boulevard may have congestion related delays through October while Armstrong Boulevard is closed north of Hwy 10. A link to detours for drivers needing alternate routes can be found here.
Kellogg Boulevard in downtown St. Paul
Kellogg is closed between Market Street and Wabasha Street until November. Additionally, the southbound lanes on the Wabasha Bridge, and the northbound lanes of the Exchange Street viaduct will be shut down for the duration of the project.
During the closure, motorists will be directed to use 7th Street and Robert Street.
For this weekend: Kellogg is also closed 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday between Lafayette Bridge and Broadway.
Portland Avenue at 6th Street
Crews will be installing water lines for the new Vikings' stadium, so the closure of this key intersection will make it more difficult for drivers heading east out of downtown. The work begins at 7 p.m. Friday and will last until 5 a.m. Monday.
Detours: Southbound Portland Avenue traffic will be detoured west onto 3rd Street, then south on 4th Avenue and then east onto 8th Street. Eastbound traffic on 6th Street will be detoured south onto 4th Avenue, then east onto 8th Street and then north onto Park Avenue.
Franklin Avenue bridge
Motor vehicle traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction across the Mississippi River.
West River Parkway has been closed north of the Franklin Avenue Bridge since June 2014 due to mudslide repair work that will be completed by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. These traffic changes are still in place:
• North on West River Parkway to east on Franklin Avenue: Ramp open.
• North on West River Parkway to west on Franklin Avenue: Follow E. 25th Street to S. 31st Avenue. Then take a left on Franklin Avenue.
• East on Franklin Avenue to south on W. River Parkway: Ramp open.
• West on Franklin Avenue to south on W. River Parkway: Follow S. 31st Avenue to E. 25th Street and take a right on W. River Parkway.
And in a note to those in bicycles or on foot: Alternating bike/pedestrian lane closures on bridge deck continue – please follow signs daily. Westbound lanes closed Thursday for several days. All bikes/pedestrians should use the eastbound bike/pedestrian lanes on south side of the bridge
Minnehaha Avenue in south Minneapolis
Reconstruction of Minnehaha Avenue between Nawadaha Blvd. and 42nd Street is nearing completion, and starting Monday construction will shift north between 42nd Street and 38th Street.
County Road 101 in Minnetonka and Wayzata
Here is the latest from Hennepin County on this project: There is no detour oun County Road 101, but traffic delays are possible as work continues.
Old Excelsior Boulevard remains closed to through traffic for the next several weeks as construction crews continue relocating utilities. Access to Old Excelsior Boulevard is available only to local residents and businesses. All others please follow signed detour using Hutchins Drive to Porter Avenue.
Because of restricted sight lines and safety concerns, access from the north entrance of Red Cherry Lane onto County Road 101 has been closed. Please use the south entrance to exit onto County Road 101. Residents may turn into Red Cherry Lane from County Road 101, but should not exit from the northern locations.
I-94 in St. Michael
Repaving continutes on I-94 between Rogers and St. Michael. Motorists can expect lane closures eastbound between Hwy. 241 and Hwy. 101 after 7 p.m, and westbound after 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There also is a lane shift at the Crow River.
Hwy. 5 in Carver County
West metro drivers on Hwy. 5 have two closures: in Waconia between County Road 10 and Oak Avenue until Aug. 1, and in Victoria between E. Scandia Road and County Road 11 until Sept. 3.
Hwy. 169 in Jordan
Hwy. 169 between Hwy. 21 and Hwy. 282 is reduced to a single lane and a speed limit of 45 miles per hour through late October.