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News Release
May 26, 2011




Minnesota Department of Transportation
Metro District
Office of Communications
1500 County Rd B2 West
Roseville, MN 55113


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I-94 resurfacing project in Minneapolis and St. Paul begins May 31

Roadway will be reduced to three lanes through October


ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Motorists will experience delays on I-94 between Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis and Cretin/Vandalia Avenue in St. Paul beginning Tuesday, May 31 as a project to resurface and improve the roadway begins.


I-94 will be restricted to three lanes in both directions throughout most of the project. Crews will work overnight on Tuesday, May 31 to set up barriers and close the inside lane and shoulder of both directions of I-94.


Work during the first phase of the project will consist of reconstructing the inside lanes, shoulders and medians, along with drainage, guardrail, lighting and bridge pier work. 


After reconstruction of the inside lanes and shoulders, crews will then close and reconstruct the outside lanes and shoulders from approximately late August to late October. Various ramps will close temporarily for resurfacing during these months as well.

Additional lane closures in both directions will occur overnight as needed throughout the project. Lane closures will typically occur from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., Sundays through Thursdays.


Work during the 2011 construction season will wrap-up by the end of November. Construction in 2012 is expected to resume in May. Four weekend full closures of both directions between Nicollet Avenue and Cretin/Vandalia Avenue will occur in spring 2012 for resurfacing of the inside lanes.


The project is expected to be completed by the end of June, 2012.


This project is the second phase of an overall project to improve I-94 between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis. Crews will be resurfacing the roadway, including all ramps to and from I-94, which will create a smoother ride for motorists and extend the lifespan of the roadway. The project also includes drainage improvements, bridge maintenance work, reconstruction of the shoulders and realignment of the lanes.


In addition, smart lane technology similar to that installed overhead on I-35W between Burnsville and downtown Minneapolis will be added to manage lanes and improve safety and congestion throughout the corridor. The new traffic management system technology will be established between the Lowry Avenue Tunnel in Minneapolis and John Ireland Boulevard in St. Paul.


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