ROSEVILLE, Minn. - Weekends usually bring a brief respite for metro drivers who deal with rush hour congestion Monday through Friday.
Not so during a Minnesota summer: There are enough major projects underway to fray the nerves of motorists trying to get from point A to point B.
One of the biggest challenges is the complete rebuilding of State Highway 169 between 77th Avenue in Brooklyn Park and Highway 55 in Golden Valley. For the next three weekends all southbound lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.
Once southbound work is complete northbound lanes on the same stretch of 169 will be completely closed for four consecutive weekends beginning July 12, weather permitting.
Motorists will also encounter ramp closures on Highway 169 in Edina and Hopkins as crews continue rehabilitating the Nine Mile Creek, Excelsior Boulevard and 2nd Street Bridges.
Beginning after the evening rush hours on Thursday, June 20, the Bren Road ramp to northbound 169 and the 7th Street West (Interlachen Road) ramp to southbound 169 will close.
In addition, the Excelsior Boulevard ramp in Hopkins to southbound 169 will remain closed. Eastbound Excelsior Boulevard traffic will be detoured to Blake Road and Highway 7. Westbound motorists will be detoured to Shady Oak Road and to Highway 7. Weather permitting, the ramps will re-open in mid or late July.
Drivers who use Highway 36 in Maplewood are getting a MnDOT heads-up: Motorists trying to navigate Highway 36 between Highway 61 and Edgerton Street will experience lane closures as crews begin construction on the new Keller Lake Bridge.
Starting at 6 a.m. Thursday, June 20, westbound Highway 36 will be reduced to a single lane. At noon Sunday, June 23, eastbound traffic on the same section of road also will be reduced to a single lane.
Motorists will encounter single lane, head-to-head traffic on one side of the roadway while crews work on the opposite side of the road. Work is expected to be complete by Sept. 28, weather permitting.
For a complete list of projects that could impact your life check out the MnDOT construction page.
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