Two of the largest construction projects in the Twin Cities area are moving into final phases this week.

Drivers traveling on Crosstown Hwy. 62 and Interstate 94 near Rogers will be relieved to see that, as fall starts, construction is coming to an end.

"Fall is really signaling the end of the work here," said Bre Magee, spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. "It should be ... smooth sailing for the winter."

HWY. 62

Starting Wednesday night, traffic on westbound Hwy. 62 at Portland Avenue will be rerouted into a permanent configuration between Portland Avenue and Interstate 35W.

The ramp from westbound Hwy. 62 to northbound I-35W will also return to a right lane exit on Wednesday. Also, drivers connecting to northbound I-35W from westbound Hwy. 62 will be able to exit at Diamond Lake Road.

The traffic switches are part of the final months of the four-year Crosstown project, slated to finish in December.

INTERSTATE 94

Also Wednesday, crews on Interstate 94 near Rogers begin "diamond grinding," which will smooth out the roadway. Crews will start on the eastbound lanes, closing lanes outside of rush hours for about two weeks.

By the end of September, a $17 million resurfacing project from the Rogers exit west to the Crow River near the St. Michael/Hwy. 241 exit will conclude. Rounding out the project, a flyover bridge at Hwy. 101 is being added to bypass traffic at an interchange. That project is scheduled to finish by the end of October.

A separate Hennepin County and city of Rogers project to realign the intersection of Hwy. 101 and County Road 81 south of I-94 is slated to be finished in November.

KELLY SMITH