Lane closures, delays, and plenty of orange cones await drivers on I-35 in Pine County as workers begin the two-year project to replace bridge crossovers and reconstruct seven miles of roadway near the Snake River. The work is anticipated to bottleneck vehicles as the summer traffic season begins in earnest.

The scope of the project exists just south of Hinckley near Pine City.

During the two year project, crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation are expected to fully resurface seven miles of roadway.  In addition, MNDOT will be building four new bridges at the Snake River, Highway 70, and County Road 7.

Throughout the next two years, drivers can anticipate traffic only being open to one lane in each direction.  Ramp closures are also expected in the area while the work crews complete the project.  MNDOT is alerting drivers to anticipate heavier-than-usual delays in  the area as the summer season fully opens up.