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Metro District Lane Closure Manual

A Resource for Construction on MnDOT Roads in the Twin Cities Metro District

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Request a Lane or Shoulder Closure in the Metro District

The Allowable Lane Closure Manual is used when planning and scheduling lane and/or shoulder closures on MnDOT owned and operated roadways. Please complete the following steps to request a lane or shoulder closure.

Step 1

Check the Allowable Lane Closure Reports to determine if a lane closure is allowed during the desired day and time. 

The Allowable Lane Closure Reports determine the appropriate time of day for planned lane closures based on number of available lanes and traffic count data. 

If a lane closure is not allowed, contact the appropriate Metro District Work Zone Supervisor to discuss. 

Step 2

Check the Impact Sensitive Routes Map to determine if the proposed lane closure is within an impact sensitive area.  This map is a large data set of previously planned project and detour route locations and schedules. 

If the work is within an impact sensitive area, contact the appropriate Metro District Work Zone Supervisor to discuss. 

Step 3

Complete a Metro District Lane Closure Form.

Step 4

At least 3 business days prior to the proposed closure, submit the completed Metro District Lane Closure Form to MetroLC.DOT@state.mn.us. See the form for more details. 

For additional help or information, please contact the appropriate Metro District Work Zone Supervisor to discuss.

Complete list of Metro District Lane Closure Reports


  • Shoulder Closures are not allowed between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. or between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., unless the Allowable Lane Closure Report indicates at least one lane may be closed
  • These reports do not cover auxiliary lanes, ramps or loops. If lane closures are needed in a location not addressed by these reports, then the Metro District Work Zone Supervisor should be contacted. Any other questions about special event impacts and public notification requirements should also be referred to Metro District Work Zone Supervisors. Questions about traffic data should be directed to Metro District Traffic Engineering or the RTMC.
  • If a requested lane closures overlaps two or more adjacent report segments, please use the most restrictive report segment. 
  • Lane closures allowed by this manual are typically short term (12 hours or less) and will not divert or detour traffic. Advance notice signs (installed days in advance of a closure/project) are not typically required for lane closures allowed by this manual. The Temporary Traffic Control Field Manual from the Minnesota Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MnMUTCD) provides information on typical traffic control layouts, which may be used during a lane closure.
  • This manual is not intended to apply to emergency road maintenance and repairs that must be performed without planning. The judgment of field staff and necessity of the situation should determine the course of action in emergency situations and Metro Maintenance Dispatch should be notified. 
  • To view sections of the Lane Closure Manual, click on the appropriate individual link in the index (below). To return to this page to download additional roadway files, click the back arrow in the upper left corner of your browser window.
I-35 MN 5 MN 41 MN 77 MN 121 MN 284 US 61
I-35E MN 7 MN 47 MN 95 MN 149 MN 291 US 169
I-35W MN 13 MN 50 MN 96 MN 156 MN 316 US 212
I-94 MN 19 MN 51 MN 97 MN 243 MN 610 US 952A
I-394 MN 20 MN 55 MN 100 MN 244 US 8  
I-494 MN 21 MN 56 MN 101 MN 252 US 10  
I-694 MN 25 MN 62 MN 110 MN 280 US 12  
MN 3 MN 36 MN 65 MN 120 MN 282 US 52  

Metro District Impact Sensitive Routes


* The terms "Increasing Direction" and "Decreasing Direction" refer to the reference post numbers and whether those numbers are increasing or decreasing as a vehicle travels along the route. Generally, a route reference post number increase in the Northbound and Eastbound directions and the reference post number decreases in the Southbound and Westbound directions. The I-494 and I-694 routes do not follow this general rule as do several routes that change direction along their route length. Ramps are always Increasing.

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