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Get ready for I-94 construction delays

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is performing some much-needed repair on I-94 between Shingle Creek Parkway in Brooklyn Center and Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis.

Metro Transit is working closely with MnDOT to reduce the impact of this very large construction project on transit routes and our customers. While we are working with MnDOT to minimize detours, there's no way around it: traffic will be slow in construction zones and sometimes a detour may be most efficient. Expect delays during lane closures and when bus-only shoulder use is prohibited.

Northstar is a great alternative

Get out of the lanes, get on the train! Northstar commuter service lets you avoid the backup and speeds you to and from downtown Minneapolis from several stations with ample, free parking. Once at Target Field Station, you can take the Blue or Green lines or ride Route 20 for service into downtown.

Here is the work that has been scheduled by MnDOT in coming weeks:

Current Ramp Closures

  • • N. 53rd Ave. & N. 49th Ave. to eastbound I-94 (closed indefinitely)
  • • Westbound I-694 to eastbound I-94 will remain closed until eastbound I-94 reopens with four lanes.
    • Westbound I-94 to N. 49th Ave.

Routes Currently on Detour

  • • Inbound to downtown: 761850, 852, 854 & 865; Maple Grove routes 780, 781, 782, 783 & 785

Upcoming Ramp Closures

  • • Eff. June 23 at 10 p.m., the ramp from Olson Hwy./Hwy. 55 to eastbound I-94 will close then reopen Monday at 5 a.m. The ramp from Olson Hwy./Hwy. 55 will close again when traffic in the Lowry Tunnel is switched from the eastbound side of the tunnel to the westbound side. Buses and vehicles weighing over 9,000 pounds will be prohibited from using the Lowry Tunnel.  
  • • Eff. June 24, the ramp from westbound I-94 to Olson Hwy./Hwy. 55 will close for approximately 35 days.
  • • Eff. early morning June 24, the ramp from northbound I-35W to westbound I-94 will close for 70 days.
  • • Eff. early morning June 24, the ramp from 4th Ave. (near the Convention Center) will close to general traffic for 70 days. This ramp will be available only to emergency vehicles.

Upcoming Traffic Restrictions

  • • Eff. Monday, June 26, all I-94 traffic will operate in the eastbound side of the Lowry Tunnel. There will be two lanes of traffic in each direction with a speed limit of 40 mph. Once the work on the westbound side of the tunnel is complete, traffic will switch to travel in the westbound side. This phase of the project is scheduled to last for 70 days.

When MnDOT announces its plans for further construction stages, check back to this for updates as they become available. Better yet, stay in the know by signing up to have Rider Alerts on your route sent to you by email or text!

> Sign up to receive Rider Alerts for your route by email or text

> See updates on the project at MnDOT's website


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