With concrete curing and shoulders added to the newest three-lane stretch of Interstate 94, some final preparations need to be made before road construction switches, in earnest, to the eastbound stretch of the freeway between St. Michael and Rogers.
To do that, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced the Rogers exit – and access to Minnesota Highway 101 from westbound Interstate 94 – will be closed overnight on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 14 and 15.
The closure will start with the state shutting down access to the main exit first – or local traffic using 101 to access downtown Rogers (south of the freeway) or the immediate area around John Milless Drive. The so-called “flyover” bridge exit will be shut down after 10 p.m. Tuesday night, as well.
The total closure should last about eight hours, according to MnDOT documents released Friday, July 10. The exit will be shut down from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., weather permitting.
A detour will direct drivers along westbound I-94, to Hwy 241, to eastbound I-94, and back to Hwy 101.
While the exit is shut down, crews will lay down asphalt to continue a third lane on westbound I-94 from the Rogers exit under the 101 overpass and to the newly created highway west of 101.
A major switch will happen, then, in less than two weeks, MnDOT states, as the head-to-head traffic on I-94 will switch from the eastbound lanes of the freeway to the new, westbound side. Construction crews will then work on the completion of the eastbound bridge over the Crow River just east of St. Michael, and the three-lane road that will run from the Minnesota Highway 241 exit to Highway 101 and the existing, three-lane highway.
Non-rush hour lane closures on both directions of I-94 between 101 in Rogers and 241 in St. Michael also will continue until further notice.
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