News and Notices
Lowry Tunnel closed to trucks over 9,000 lbs.
The construction project on I-94 from Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center continues. From Aug. 4 through Sept. 9, the EB side of the Lowry Tunnel will be closed. The EB and WB lanes of I-94 will run through the WB side of the Lowry Tunnel. Two lanes will run in each direction with a concrete barrier in the middle.
All trucks weighing more than 9,000 pounds are prohibited from the Lowry Tunnel through mid-September. Drivers who fail to follow this instruction will face a fine of up to $300. They are detoured to I-35W, Hwy 62, and Hwy 100 back to I-94. No OSOW permits will be allowed through the tunnel during this time.
With an anticipated project completion in mid-summer 2018, construction work includes 9 miles of road resurfacing and repairs to 50 bridges.
For detailed project information and traffic impacts, check out the I-94 Lowry Tunnel Fact Sheet.
To stay informed of closure schedules, detours and to sign-up for email updates, visit the project website: mndot.gov/metro/projects/i94brooklyncntr.
New oversize travel restrictions this summer
MnDOT has eased the summer weekend travel restrictions for oversize loads this year. From June 2, 2017 thru August 27, 2017, oversize travel is not allowed between 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays.
Additional holiday travel restrictions apply for Independence Day weekend. See Holiday Schedule.
Attend the MAASTO-SCOHT Fall Conference in Kansas City, MO
Register now to attend the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials, Subcommittee on Highway Transport (MAASTO-SCOHT) Fall Conference taking place September 25 - 27, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.
This conference is a great opportunity to bring members and regulatory officials together to promote uniformity in regulatory policy. Plan to attend and share your input!
Visit MAASTO's website for agenda, hotel, and registration information.
The new stretch of Highway 610 has now been added as a routing option in MnDOT's Online Oversize/Overweight Permitting System.
MnDOT makes change to annual permit trip logging requirement
From September 19, 2016 to September 19, 2017, trips made under a MnDOT annual permit no longer require a route pre-approval through MnDOT's permitting system whenever the loaded vehicle does not exceed the following dimensions:
- 11'0" Wide;
- 14'6" High; or
- 110'0" Long.
During this one-year trial period, MnDOT strongly encourages using its permit routing system to verify all routes, but it is no longer a requirement when loaded dimensions are within those listed above.
Loads exceeding the dimensions listed above, and overweight loads, are still required to obtain route pre-approval from MnDOT.
For complete details about this requirement change, see memo.
Pilot escort drivers must be certified
All pilot car drivers who escort oversized loads in Minnesota are required to be certified by the Minnesota State Patrol. For information on training and certification reciprocity, please visit https://www.hennepintech.edu/cts/pages/1233.