Fourth of July road work zones

Published 12:00 pm Sunday, July 1, 2012

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches and motorists from every corner of the state flock to their favorite destinations, the Minnesota Department of Transportation urges extra caution while driving through highway work zones. Motorists traveling in and around the Duluth area especially need to be cautious as crews continue to clean up from last week’s floods.

“As is the case every year, there will be work zones scattered around the state this summer and into the fall, including some affecting the state’s busiest highways and interstates,” said Mike Barnes, director of the department’s District Operations Division. “MnDOT urges motorists to drive with caution in work zones and plan their trips using the 511 travel information service.”

By visiting or calling 511, motorists can plan their trips with the latest statewide traffic, construction, weather and travel information.

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While the department will suspend work on many projects during the Fourth of July holiday, motorists may still encounter detours and traffic restrictions as well as rough road surfaces and narrowed traffic lanes on heavily traveled routes:

Southern Minnesota

• Highway 61: East Indian Creek near Weaver in Wabasha County.

• Highway 14: North Mankato.

• Highway 60: Worthington to Bigelow.

Twin Cities

• Highway 169/Interstate 494: Bloomington, Edina and Eden Prairie.

• I-694: Arden Hills and New Brighton.

• I-694: Oakdale, Mahtomedi, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake and Maplewood.

Central Minnesota

• I-35: south of Duluth to White Bear Lake.

• Highway 23: St. Cloud to Foley.

• Highway 10: Clear Lake to Big Lake.

Northern Minnesota

• Highway 169: Grand Rapids.

• I-94: east of Moorhead at Buffalo River bridges.

• Highway 53: Cotton.