The high heat we experienced in the Northland a few weeks ago had a damaging effect on I-35 near Moose Lake; the heat caused the concrete to blow out just south of the entrance ramp to the city.

To fix the problem, work crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will start a two week project on Monday, July 11.  Because this work zone comes at the same time as the project a little further north on I-35 near Barnum, the agency is anticipating delays and traffic impacts.

Here are the project details:

  • Week of July 11:  MNDOT will close the right hand lane on the southbound lanes to accommodate the work.
  • Week of July 18:  The work will switch over to the other side.  MNDOT will close the left hand lane of those southbound lanes to accommodate the work.

In both cases, the work will pause for the weekend (July 16-17).  MNDOT anticipates that the project will be completed and wrapped up by July 22, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

As stated above, the work near Moose Lake comes at the same time as the long-term re-pavement and re-surfacing project near Barnum.  That work incorporates a detour for drivers needing to get off of I-35 at the Barnum exit.  For complete details about that road construction project, click here to visit the project page on the Minnesota Department of Transportation's website.  The work on I-35 near Barnum is expected to last into October.

For additional information about road construction projects coordinated across the state by MNDOT, you'll find individual project pages on their website.  They also maintain real-time traffic information.

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