As of Friday crews have closed the existing lanes of westbound I-94 between Rogers and St. Michael for reconstruction. That means I-94 will be switched to narrow, temporary lanes through September 2015,with traffic flows remaining on the eastbound side until July, and then shifting to the westbound side from July through the end of summer.
Below are some specifics of what to expect, along with some driving tips.
- All four lanes of I-94 will switch onto narrow, temporary lanes (on the former eastbound side of 94).
- Ramps with temporary, narrow lanes will also open.
- The speed limit within the I-94 work zone will be reduced to 60 mph. This will remain the official posted speed limit until further notice. Some fair warning – if you’re ticketed for speeding in a work zone, you could receive a $300 fine.
- Be prepared for slow or stopped traffic well in advance of the work zone.
- During times of congestion, the roadway operates best if traffic can move at 45 mph. Do what you can to keep traffic moving ¬- slow traffic is better than stopped traffic.
The ramp from westbound I-94 to Minnesota Highway 241 will change to a temporary loop. That loop has an advised 20 mph speed limit. Be sure to use the long deceleration lane heading into that loop to slow down to an appropriate speed.
If everyone does their part to navigate well and keep traffic flowing as best as possible, we’ll all have a safe – and undented – construction season, MnDOT said.
Get more information
To download maps or get more detailed information on this project, visit the MnDOT website.
For information on Minnesota’s work zone speeding law, visit the MN Revisor site.
To get real-time traffic info, including a view of current traffic speeds and traffic cams for this project, visit 511mn.org.