Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 28, 2018

Gearing up for July 4 holiday travel? MnDOT urges motorists to use caution in work zones, flooded areas

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to plan ahead before traveling over the July 4 holiday and to use extra care while driving through highway work zones. Flooding in some areas of the state will also affect travel.

AAA predicts a record 39.7 million people will travel by road over the long weekend, which starts Tuesday, July 3, and goes until Sunday, July 8. This is 5.1 percent more motorists on the road than last year.

MnDOT will suspend work on most construction projects on July 4, but motorists may encounter bypasses, lane closures and detours. MnDOT recommends that motorists be prepared for slower moving traffic, think about alternate routes, and call 511 or go to www.511mn.org to get information about road construction detours. 

Recent flooding is affecting travel in some areas of the state. Rising water levels from the Minnesota River are causing road closures near Henderson, LeSueur, St. Peter, Sherburn as well as near Shakopee and Chaska in the Twin Cities south metro.

Motorists should check 511 to avoid flooded areas and remember that vehicles can be swept away in only a few inches of moving water. It is unlawful to drive through areas where roads are barricaded.

Highway projects that may affect the July 4 holiday travel include:

Twin Cities

  • I-35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown: I-35W north to I-94 west ramp is closed. I-94 east to I-35W south ramp is closed.
  • I-94 west from Chicago to Nicollet is reduced to two lanes.
  • I-35W north is reduced to three lanes – 43rd Street to I-94 in Minneapolis.
  • I-35W south is two lanes – I-94 to 43rd Street in Minneapolis.
  • I-35W north to Fifth Avenue, 11th and East Grant streets is closed.
  • Highway 41 – is closed between Highway 169 near Shakopee and Chaska Boulevard due to rising water levels.

Central Minnesota

Northern Minnesota

Southern Minnesota

MnDOT urges motorists to be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For a complete list of projects by highway or region, visit www.mndot.gov/roadwork/current.html. Motorists can stay informed about projects and other transportation topics by connecting to MnDOT via social media, as well as by signing up for email updates for major projects at www.mndot.gov/emailupdates.