Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 27, 2014

Orange barrels on a highway

Lane closures planned on I-94 west of Alexandria in early April

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Motorists traveling on Interstate 94 west of Alexandria near Lake Latoka will encounter intermittent delays and lane closures during the first two weeks of April.

Traffic will reduce to a single lane in each direction during daytime hours through mid-April while crews work near the interstate as part of the CapX2020 transmission line project.

On Tuesday, April 1, and Wednesday, April 2, weather-permitting, crews will use a helicopter to string power lines over the interstate. Traffic may stop temporarily during this work. State Patrol troopers will be on site to assist travelers through the work zone. Motorists should slow down, be alert and keep traveling through the work zone, unless directed by law enforcement.

Several I-94 wire crossings will occur between Alexandria and Barnesville this summer and fall. Additional information will be released in advance of those crossings.

For more information about the CapX2020 project, call 1-866-876-2869 or visit www.capx2020.com.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

About the CapX2020 Fargo-St. Cloud project
Work between Alexandria and St. Cloud on the transmission line will be completed in late summer 2014. Construction on the final segment of the project between Alexandria and Fargo is scheduled for completion in mid-2015. In addition to helicopters flying in close proximity to the structures along I-94, implosive connectors will also be used to splice transmission conductor joints and connect conductor to the structures. The split second detonation creates a flash and a loud boom.