Thousands of commuters heading to jobs at places such as United Health, Comcast and Opus Group in Minnetonka will have to find another route to work as the Minnesota Department of Transportation will close the ramps to and from Hwy. 169 and Bren Road.

The ramps will shut down at 9 p.m.. Thursday until 5 a.m. Sept. 8. The ramps were originally set to close on Friday, but MnDOT moved up the closure by a day. Crews will be doing concrete work on the highway south of the bridge. The ramps are circled on the map below.

The Bren Road bridge carrying traffic over Hwy. 169 will stay open during the two-week closure.

Drivers will be directed to take Hwy. 62 west to Shady Oak Road, then north to get to Bren Road. Commuters will follow the reverse to get back to Hwy. 169, as shown in yellow on the map.

"Drivers should plan ahead and give themselves extra time," said MnDOT spokesman David Aeikens..

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