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News Release
January 31, 2013



MnDOT Metro District
Office of Communications
1500 County Rd B2 West
Roseville, MN 55113


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Weekend lane closures on I-494 start tomorrow evening
Crews to place beams for new Xerxes Avenue Bridge spanning the freeway


Roseville, MN –  Motorists may experience delays on both directions of I-494 this weekend as crews continue the Xerxes Avenue Bridge replacement project.


Eastbound I-494 between France Avenue and Penn Avenue will be reduced to a single lane from 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 through 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 and again from 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 through 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3.


Westbound I-494 will be reduced to a single lane between Penn Avenue and France Avenue from 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 through 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4 and again from 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 until 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5.


On Wed. Jan. 30, Southtown Drive closed between Wells Fargo property and Cowboy Jack’s. Xerxes Avenue also closed between American Blvd and Southtown Drive. Southtown Drive and Xerxes Avenue will re-open by 5 a.m. on Monday, Feb 4.


Motorists should follow the detour signs to access local businesses.


Motorists are also advised to watch for intermittent full closures of up to 15 minutes on both directions of the freeway between Penn Avenue and France Avenue as crews set bridge beams spanning the roadway. These short-term full closures will occur during the overnight hours Feb. 2 through Feb. 5.


For more information, or to sign up for e-mail project updates, visit the project Web site at


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