Construction on a Diverging Diamond Interchange in Rogers begins April 7
New interchange is scheduled to open late fall
ROSEVILLE, Minn - Motorists will encounter delays on Highway 101 and County Road 144 in Rogers as crews begin building a new interchange that will crisscross traffic, eliminate hard turns, minimize congestion and improve safety.
On Monday, April 7, crews will begin constructing a temporary road bypass on the west side of Highway 101 that will keep traffic flowing while crews construct a diverging diamond interchange. Once the bypass is complete, Highway 101 traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction on the bypass.
In addition, between May and October 2014, County Road 144 between Northdale Boulevard and Rogers Drive will close and traffic will be detoured to James Road, 147th Avenue and Northdale Boulevard. Specific information about the county road closures and detours will be announced as the project progresses and can be found on the project web site.
A relatively new traffic model to Minnesota, diverging diamond interchanges allows traffic to cross to the opposite side of a road, and then back to their original lanes. This traffic flow eliminates hard turns and conflict points and increases mobility, reduces congestion and improves safety. Pedestrians and bicyclists can use a trail along County Road 144 and in the center of the diamond to navigate through the interchange.
The $14.6 million project is being constructed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), in partnership with the city of Rogers and helps ensure MnDOT’s transportation system will continue to serve the state for many years.
To see a simulation of a diverging diamond interchange or to sign up for e-mail project updates, visit the project Web site at mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy101countyroad144