A traffic nightmare has developed Wednesday on Interstate 94 westbound as a section of the newly constructed lanes near the Minnesota Highway 241 overpass at St. Michael has completely failed, causing a detour.
Westbound traffic was being moved entirely off of Interstate 94’s westbound lanes and onto the exit ramp, and then back onto the freeway via the “old” entrance ramp off the Highway 241/County 36 interchange.
As a result, traffic is backed up from St. Michael nearly 10 miles, beyond Rogers and the Brockton Lane overpass into Maple Grove.
Crews are on the scene attempting to repair the pavement failure, hoping to at least open one lane of the westbound side by the evening commute. A full repair should be made within the next several hours, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, but a partial shutdown will be in place until the roadbed can be inspected and full repairs can be made.