MnDOT urges travelers to use caution over Memorial Day weekend

Published 10:52 am Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day weekend is approaching and summer construction roadwork around the state is getting into full swing. The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extra caution while driving through highway work zones.

Sue Mulvihill, deputy commissioner and chief engineer, said MnDOT suspends work on mostprojects during the holiday weekend, but cautions drivers to be alert.

“There are still many work zones around the state where drivers need to plan ahead, pay attention and slow down to make it a safe weekend for everyone,” she said.

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Motorists should be prepared for slower moving traffic and use extra caution in highway work zones. Plan ahead, think about alternate routes and go to before leaving home to get information about road construction and detours.

Motorists should consider avoiding the time period between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday and Monday for eastbound I-94 near Collegeville/St. John’s. Significant delays are expected with only one lane of lane traffic open through September 2016.

Other highway projects that may affect weekend travel through Memorial Day include:


Twin Cities area

• I-35E between Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake – lane and ramp closures

• Highway 61 in Forest Lake – single-lane traffic

• I-94 between St. Paul and Maplewood – overnight lane reductions, daytime intermittent lane and ramp closures

• Highway 280 between I-35W and Broadway St. – closed, detour

• I-494 in Plymouth – multiple lane and ramp closures

• Highway 100 in St. Louis Park – ramp closures and lane shift

• Highway 8 between Highway 95 and Taylor Falls – closed, detour


Central Minnesota

• I-94 between St. Cloud and Collegeville – lane and ramp closures, and slow traffic

• Highway 169 north of Milaca – one lane each direction and slow traffic

• I-35 between Pine City and Hinckley – lane shifts and slow traffic

• Highway 9 between Ada and Borup – detour

• Highway 23/Willmar Bypass – westbound lane closures


Southern Minnesota

• Highway 169 between St. Peter and Mankato – detour

• Highway 52 southbound between Zumbrota and Pine Island – single lane traffic

• Highway 23 between Holland and Pipestone, Russell to Florence – detour


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For a complete list of projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit