The Minnesota Department of Transportation has this warning for drivers on northbound Hwy. 100: Be prepared for slow moving traffic.

We can only hope that traffic will be moving because northbound Hwy. 100 will be reduced to a single lane between 50th Street and 44th Street starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday until 10 p.m. Friday.  That's when all northbound lanes between the Crosstown and I-394 will close for the weekend.

The lane reduction and full closure is needed because crews need four to five days to work on the Minnehaha Creek and the W 44th Street bridge decks. The work includes replacing expansion joints, repairing the bridge decks and pouring concrete. Keep in mind concrete needs three days to cure, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.

Two lanes on the southbound side of Hwy. 100 will remain open, but drivers could still encounter delays as a pavement preservation project continues between W. 36th Street and the Crosstown.

The good news in all of this is that the $16.7 million pavement repair project is on schedule and should be completed by August.  Further to the north, work in the area of Hwy. 7 will take until October, but that project also is on schedule, said spokeswoman Bobbie Dahlke.

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