Mon, Oct. 17 through Fri, Nov. 18
- WB I-694 to Victoria St.
Detour: Continue west on I-694 to Lexington Avenue and then cross I-694 and drive east to Victoria St.
- Victoria St. to WB I-694
Detour: Travel south on Victoria St., west on Co Rd E and north on Lexington Ave. to WB I-694
May through Fri, Nov. 18
- Westbound traffic split into two lanes separated by a concrete barrier between I-35E and Lexington Ave.
- Reference the Part 2 Video: Driving Tips for details on how to handle the lane separation
- The inside (left) lane carries through traffic the length of the work zone with no access to local roads. The outside (right) lane carries traffic with access to local roads until November
The two lanes of westbound traffic are separated by a concrete median barrier, which requires WB I-694 motorists to choose a lane at the beginning of the work zone. Motorists traveling from NB I-35E to WB I-694 are only able to access the local access lane.
- Drivers in the left thru lane will be unable to exit the interstate between Rice St. and WB Hwy 10 and will get their first opportunity to exit the thru lane at I-35W.
- Traffic in the right local access lane will be able to exit the freeway as usual. However the ramps at Rice St., Victoria St. and Lexington Ave. will be closed at some point during the year for reconstruction. MnDOT will not close two adjacent ramps at the same time.
If you are traveling on WB I-694, you will need to know your route and be prepared to choose a lane before reaching Rice St. All traffic from NB I-35E to WB I-694 is routed into the right local access lane.
Eastbound traffic lanes are not be separated by a barrier and function as normal, although traffic is shifted onto bypass lanes.
Next year’s work will rebuild the eastbound lanes with the same traffic restrictions.
- The new third lane of the westbound interstate will be permanently open for the winter (and beyond) and the eastbound lanes through the same area will be back to their original location until construction begins anew in 2017.
- A third lane will be added to the eastbound interstate using the same technique on the westbound lanes: two lanes of traffic separated by a concrete median barrier. The inside lane with be a through lane and the outside lane will allow access to local roadways along the corridor between Lexington Ave. and Rice St.