Drivers Urged to Use Extra Caution in Construction Zones During 4th of July

By KBJR News 1

Drivers Urged to Use Extra Caution in Construction Zones During 4th of July

July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota safety officials are reminding motorists to use extra caution in construction zones as thousands hit the road for the 4th of July holiday.

“We suspend work on many projects during the Fourth of July holiday,” said Mike Barnes, MnDOT’s Operations director. “However, there are still many work zones around the state that will affect travel during the holiday. We ask drivers to pay attention in work zones and plan ahead.”

Highway projects that may affect travel during the July Fourth holiday include:

Twin Cities Metro area

• Interstate 35E – single-lane traffic in each direction between the split in Burnsville and Cliff Road.
• Highway 52 Lafayette bridge - Vehicle length restrictions remain in effect; no vehicles longer than 35 feet allowed
• I-694 - Lane width reductions and lane shifts between Lexington Avenue and I-35W
- Lane closure between Highway 47 and Highway 100
• Highway 10 diagonal closed between I-694 and I-35W

Northern Minnesota

• I-35 – lane closures between Scanlon and Duluth
• Hwy 10 – lane closures between Moorhead and Detroit Lakes
• I-94 – lane closures between Highway 34 in Barnsville and Clay County 10 near Downer
• Highway 59 – detour near Plummer and a lane bypass near Erskine

Central Minnesota

• Highway 371 – lanes narrow in Nisswa, businesses are accessible
• Highway 15 – lane shifts in Sartell
• I-94 – all lanes will be open in the Clearwater to St. Cloud project during the holiday

Southern Minnesota

• Highway 12 – lane closures from Litchfield to Darwin
• Highway 16 – detour between Spring Valley and Preston
- detour between Preston and Lanesboro
- detour between Lanesboro and Rushford
• Highway 44 – detour between Canton and Mabel
• I-90 – lane closures in Austin area
• Highway 169 – detour between I-90 and County Road 52
• Highway 23 – detour between I-90 and Jasper

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds drivers to stay alert, obey speed limits and be patient during the 4th of July holiday and the remainder of the construction season.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
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