I-694 work begins tonight between Highway 100 in Brooklyn Center, I-35W in Arden Hills
ROSEVILLE, Minn. Monday morning commuters along I- 694 between Brooklyn Center and Arden Hills will encounter congestion and major delays as work begins this evening on the interstate. Concrete pavement repair, drainage improvements and bridge deck replacement begin at 7 p.m. tonight with lane closures between East River Road and Highway 100. At the same time, the ramp from East River Road to westbound I-694 will close through mid-October. During the work, motorists will find long-term lane closures and ramp and loop closures along the interstate.
I-694 traffic will be a single lane in each direction between East River Road and Highway 10 in Brooklyn Center beginning at 7 p.m. tonight. By early Monday morning, the westbound lanes of the interstate will be shifted to the outside of the roadway and motorists will find two lanes through the area daily between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. The road will be a single lane nightly between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning.
Eastbound I-694 will be restricted to a single lane between Hwy 100 and East River Road overnight Monday, June 17 and will be shifted to the outside lanes of the roadway before Tuesday morning’s commute. The eastbound lanes also will be restricted to two lanes daily from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a single lane overnight between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning.
During the week of June 16, westbound lane closures will be expanded between I-35W and Hwy 100 through the end of the project in early November. Traffic restrictions will be the same as above. Ramps/loops between I-35W and Hwy 100 will be closed for up to ten days at a time during this construction season. No two interchanges will be closed in a row so motorist will have access to and from the interstate at the next interchange from the one closed.
NOTE: Watch for advance notice signs on all ramps for exact dates of closures. Information also will be provided in regular e-mail updates.
Although unseen by the many thousands of motorists travelling above each day, the concrete surface underneath their tires is rampant with triangular-shaped voids beneath the pavement joints. The deterioration is caused by moisture, the yearly freeze-thaw cycle and the continuous weight of traffic above. MnDOT uses technology such as ground penetrating radar to identify areas needing repair, or just plain old-fashioned chaining, where a long chain is swept over the concrete surface and a change in sound signals voids beneath. the surface.
The necessary full-depth repairs require removing the crumbling concrete, placing new dowel bars to reinforce the concrete and transfer traffic loads along the roadway and grinding the new joints smooth. In order to minimize the disruption to traffic, new concrete mixes are used to lessen cure time for the material.
For project information, visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/694west/ or call the project hotline at 1-877-206-0060 or send an e-mail to info@694NorthCentral.com.
Statewide traffic, construction and travel information is available at www.511mn.org, or call 5-1-1.