Many consider the Labor Day Weekend the unofficial end of the summer season.  As such, traffic increases sharply on Minnesota's highways.  Ahead of that rush, officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation are doing their best to urge drivers to utilize caution and safety measures.  At the same time, they're also communicating the details about Minnesota's current road construction projects.

Labor Day Weekend 2019 finds a wide variety of road work projects still in progress.  Although many will be paused for the observance of the holiday, the orange cones and detours remain.

Here's a run-down:

Northern Minnesota:

  • I-35 Snake River bridge replacements – County Road 7 Bridge over I-35 closed
  • I-35 bridge painting – Lane closures
  • Highway 2 Erskine – Ramp closures, detour
  • Highway 53 south of Eveleth – Lane closures, bypass
  • Highway 53 from Pale Face River to South Moon Lake Drive – Lane closures, Anchor Lake Rest Area closed through late-September
  • Highway 53 Intersection improvement, passing lanes project – Lane closures
  • Highway 53 bridge removal, resurfacing – Single lane in each direction
  • Highway 65 resurfacing – Single lane, 80,000 weight restriction, 11-foot width restriction
  • Highway 71 roundabout – Lane closure, detour
  • Highway 135 resurfacing – Shoulder closures, single lane, 11-foot width restriction
  • Highway 371 Cass Lake – Truck and local detour

Twin Cities:

  • I-35W Downtown to Crosstown – Northbound and southbound lane closures between I-94 and 46th Street, ramp closures
  • I-35W North MnPASS – Northbound and southbound lane closures between Roseville and Blaine, ramp closures
  • I-35 split in Forest Lake – Lane and ramp closures, single lane traffic
  • I-494 Inver Grove Heights – Eastbound and Westbound lane closures and ramp closures
  • I-94 East Metro Interchange – Lane and ramp closures through fall

Central Minnesota:

  • I-94 Lake Latoka near Alexandria – Lane closures in both directions
  • Hwy 10, 59 in Otter Tail County – Alternating lane closures
  • Highway 27 Little Falls – Closed, detour through September
  • Hwy 27, 75 Wheaton – Lane shifts and/or alternating lane closures
  • Highway 40 Milan – Bridge closed over Lac qui Parle Lake, detour
  • Highway 40 Willmar – Road closed at CR 55, detour
  • Highway 67 Granite Falls – Road closed between Upper Sioux Agency State Park entrance and Yellow Medicine River bridge, detour
  • Highway 68 – Bridge closed over Lazarus Creek, detour
  • Hwy 55 Barrett to the Grant/Douglas County Line – Road closed from Barrett to Hoffman. Detour. Alternating lane closures.

Southern Minnesota:

  • I-90 Freeborn County – Single lane traffic in each direction, reduced speeds, ramp closures and detours
  • I-90 Fairmont to Blue Earth – Single lane traffic, reduced speeds and overpass bridge
  • Highway 60 St. James – Single lane traffic in each direction
  • Hwy 16 Spring Valley to Dexter – Hwy 16 detoured from Hwy 63 to I-90 through Sept. 6

For details about any of these projects, visit MNDOT's online project page by clicking here.

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