The weather forecast calls for rain and snow Thursday and Friday, and as a result the Minnesota Department of Transportation is rescheduling work to repair the ramp from southbound Hwy. 280 to eastbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul.

The project to fix what MnDOT spokesman Kent Barnard called "the most awful ramp in the state" is set to begin Monday at 5 a.m. The ramp will be closed for about a week, with a projected reopening on Nov. 4.

Poor drainage and a high water table frequently leave the ramp wet in the summer and icy in the winter, even without rain or snow. The project will fix the drainage problem and put down new pavement.

During the weeklong closing, here are a few suggested routes for drivers trying to get to eastbound I-94.

Motorists who normally get on southbound Hwy. 280 from Interstate 35W or Hwy. 36: Take Hwy. 36 to Snelling Avenue, then Snelling south to I-94.

Drivers who get on Hwy. 280 using city streets such as Larpenteur Avenue, Como Avenue and Kasota Avenue can take Larpenteur or Energy Park Drive east to Snelling Avenue and south to I-94.

Drivers on University Avenue can take Cretin Avenue south to I-94.

Tim Harlow