The big traffic news this weekend is that 5 miles of Interstate 94 in St. Paul will be closed all weekend to allow the Minnesota Department of Transportation to remove the Snelling Avenue bridge deck.
That means some motorists might have to take a circuitous route to a number of events, including Twins games, Target Center concerts and the Minnesota Monthly's Grillfest at the St. Paul Saints' CHS Field.
Here are weekend work highlights:
I-94 in St. Paul
I-94 is closed in both directions between Hwy. 280 and I-35E, along with all ramps. The closure will be in place until 5 a.m. Monday, unless MnDOT finishes early.
Crews will be taking down the bridge deck on Snelling Avenue as part of a $9.5 million redo of the avenue that will go on until fall. Snelling traffic has been rerouted to Lexington Avenue or the official detour on Marshall and University avenues, Vandalia Street and Cretin Avenue.
This is the first of several closures that will take place over the summer. Motorists will be directed to Hwy. 280, Hwy. 36 and I-35E.
Hwy. 65 in Fridley
Both directions of Hwy. 65 will be reduced to a single lane between 53rd Avenue (just south of I-694) and Mississippi Street. Motorists on I-694 attempting to access Hwy. 65 can expect temporary ramp and loop closures that will last 10 to 15 minutes.
I-494 in Bloomington
Bridge deck construction on Cedar Avenue means that the ramp from eastbound I-494 to northbound Cedar Avenue/Hwy. 77 and the northbound ramp from Cedar Avenue/Hwy. 77 to westbound I-494 will be closed until 5 a.m. Monday.
I-494 in Plymouth
The rebuilding continues from the Fish Lake Interchange down to Hwy. 55. Two northbound lanes will be open and one southbound lane open until Sunday afternoon. Then 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.
I-35W in NE. Minneapolis
Look for the northbound side of the freeway to be slimmed to two lanes at 7 p.m. Sunday and down to one lane from 10 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.
I-394 in Minneapolis
Utility work will close the right lane from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday from Penn Avenue to Dunwoody Boulevard and is likely to affect fans heading to Sunday's Twins game.
I-94 in St. Michael
MnDOT is repaving the freeway between Hwy. 241 in St. Michael and County Road 18 near Monticello. Nightly lane closures will be in place from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Also be aware of a lane shift near the Crow River Bridge.
Mpls. streets and parkways
In downtown Minneapolis, 8th Street will be closed at 4th Avenue S. until 5 a.m. Monday as water lines are installed for the new Vikings' stadium. Parkway closures will be in effect at Lake Calhoun, 7-11 a.m. Saturday; Lake Harriet, 7-11 a.m. Saturday; and West River Parkway from Minnehaha Park up to Lake Street, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.