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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.
  • • Olson Hwy./Hwy. 55 to eastbound I-94.  (Expected to last 70 days.)
  • • Westbound I-94 ramp to the Olson Hwy./Hwy. 55 exit is closed.  (Expected to last 30-35 days.)
  • • Westbound I-94 ramp to westbound I-394 is closed.  (Expected to last 30-35 days.)
  • • The ramp from northbound I-35W to westbound I-94 is closed.  (Expected to last 70 days.)
  • • The ramp from 4th Ave. in Downtown Minneapolis near the Convention Center to westbound I-94 is closed to general traffic open to Emergency Vehicles Only.  (Expected to last 70 days.)

Routes Currently on Detour

  • • Inbound to downtown: 652, 761850, 852, 854 & 865; Maple Grove routes 780, 781, 782, 783 & 785

Current Traffic Restrictions

  • • All I-94 traffic is operating 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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