Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 27, 2017

Westbound Lowry Tunnel reduced to one lane overnight starting March 27

ROSEVILLE, Minn.- Motorists will see lane reductions overnight while crews remove concrete in the westbound Lowry Tunnel on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis.

Starting Monday, March 27, the westbound half of the Lowry Tunnel will be reduced to two lanes at 8 p.m. and to one lane at 10 p.m. The tunnel should reopen daily by 6 a.m. These restrictions could be in place through March 30.

Restrictions remain on eastbound side Sunday and potentially Monday, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. If eastbound side work is required Monday, it should be no more than an hour or two then shift to westbound. While crews work in the eastbound tunnel, the eastbound I-394 ramp to I-94 east will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The concrete removal in the tunnel is expected to be done by the end of next week.
This work is in preparation to shift both directions of traffic into one side of the tunnel. Traffic will be shifted in mid to late May while bridge and tunnel work requires crews to close the westbound tunnel.

In addition to the tunnel work, on Monday, March 27, the left lane of eastbound I-94 will close from I-694 in Brooklyn Center to Seventh Street in Minneapolis. Traffic will eventually be reduced to two lanes on both directions of I-94 through fall.

The $46.3 million maintenance and preservation project includes work on 50 bridges, including the Lowry Tunnel, resurfacing of the interstate and ramps and other safety improvements.

Traffic capacity on I-94 will be reduced for much of the spring, summer and fall. Motorists should plan ahead, prepare for delays and pay attention in work zones.

Traffic restrictions and ramp and road closures will regularly change during the project. Visit the project website for updates on closures:

MnDOT’s 511 website provides real-time updates.