Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

August 17, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Eastbound I-694 weekend closure ahead for bridge painting in Fridley, New Brighton

Five bridges being painted between East River Road and I-35W

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation will close eastbound Interstate 694 this coming weekend to paint five bridges between East River Road in Fridley and I-35W in New Brighton. The interstate closes at 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 between Highway 252 and I-35W. It will reopen to traffic by 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22.

The five bridges being painted are: (From west to east below):

  • BNSF Railroad bridge (just east of East River Road)
  • Main St. NE
  • Long Lake Road (Co Rd 45)
  • Minnesota Commercial Railroad bridge (just west of 5th Ave.)
  • 5th Ave. NW bridge (Co Rd 77/Old Hwy 8)

During the closure motorists will need to follow the signed detour north on Highway 252, east on Highway 610 and Highway 10 and then back south on I-35W.

Three additional weekends will be needed to finish painting the bridges. One additional weekend is needed to finish painting the bridge over the eastbound lanes and two weekends are needed to paint the half over the westbound lanes. Further information will be available once the remaining scheduled is finalized.

Painting bridges helps maintain and preserve their life and also improves their appearance.           

For more information about the I-694 bridge painting project, visit mndot.gov/metro/projects/i694bridges/. Real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota is available at www.511mn.org.

# # # #