Most people get back to work Tuesday after the long holiday weekend, and so do crews working on metro area roads. And this week drivers will find a few new projects that could cause delays along with changes that will change the traffic flow in others.
First, the ramp from southbound I-35W to southbound Hwy. 280 has reopened. But still expect lane closures on Hwy. 280 between Hwy. 36/I-35W and Broadway Street.
Starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, work begins on Hwy. 61 from just north of Hwy. 10 in Cottage Grove and 127th Street in Hastings. Lane restrictions will be in place through early fall.
Starting Tuesday night, MnDOT will begin resurfacing I-35W between Hwy. 36 and I-694. The work will be performed between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday nights through Saturday mornings for the next month. Northbound drivers will be impacted two weeks starting this week before work switches to the southbound lanes. During the paving, motorists can expect lane and ramp closures.
In New Brighton, ramps to and from southbound I-35W and County Road E2 will close for reconstruction. At the same time, the city of New Brighton will close and reconstruct County Road E2 between 5th Avenue NW and the interstate.
In case you missed it, there are new closures and detours in place on three bridges crossing I-35W in northeast Minneapolis.
• Northbound Johnson Street is now closed between Broadway Street and 14th Avenue will close July 1 through mid-August. Southbound Johnson has reopened.
• Eastbound Broadway Street is now closed between Buchanan Street and Johnson Street.
• Westbound Hennepin Avenue at Johnson Street will close July 6 through mid- August. Motorists also can expect off-peak ramp and lane closures on I-35W from 8th Street SE to New Brighton Boulevard.
Starting Tuesday, crews in Minneapolis will begin paving Third Avenue S. where the median in downtown Minneapolis was recently removed. Third Avenue between Washington Avenue and Third Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction. This work is scheduled to be completed by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Southbound 3rd Avenue between 5th Street and 6th streets will continue to have one lane closed for the remainder of the week.
Weather permitting, Minnehaha Avenue will reopen between 38th and 34th streets and close between 34th and Lake streets on Tuesday.
In Forest Lake, Hwy. 61 will be reduced to one lane in both directions between Hwy. 97/Scandia Trail and 202nd Street. All traffic will be shifted to the southbound lanes as part of a roundabout project that lasts until late August.