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MnDOT urges Minnesotans to slow down, watch for work zones during Memorial Day weekend travel

MnDOT advises motorists to check 511mn.org and plan their routes before they go. In addition, motorists should expect quickly changing road conditions.

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Statewide travel is expected to rise to pre-pandemic levels.
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The Minnesota Department of Transportation encourages all motorists traveling during the 2022 Memorial Day holiday weekend to slow down and focus on safety when driving through work zones.

“While daily traffic volumes in the Metro area are still slightly down, we anticipate Memorial Day travel statewide will be similar to pre-pandemic levels,” said Brian Kary, traffic operations director, MnDOT’s Regional Transportation Management Center. “Motorists should drive the speed limit and be prepared to slow down or stop – especially as they approach and travel through work zones.”

MnDOT advises motorists to check 511mn.org and plan their routes before they go. In addition, motorists should expect quickly changing road conditions, slower traffic, narrow lanes, lane shifts, detours and delays as they travel through work zones throughout the state.

Some significant work zones to watch for through May 30 include:

Central Minnesota

Northern Minnesota

Southern Minnesota

Twin Cities

  • Highway 10 in Anoka – Reduced to one lane in each direction between Sunfish Lake Boulevard and Seventh Avenue; watch for several access changes at intersections.
  • I-94 and I-35E in St. Paul – Lane restrictions and ramp closures.
  • Highway 55 in Minneapolis – Southbound Highway 55/Hiawatha Avenue closed and detoured between Downtown Minneapolis and Cedar Avenue; includes the ramps from southbound I-35W and eastbound I-94.
  • Highway 55 Minneapolis to Inver Grove Heights – Closed in both directions between Blue Gentian Road/Lexington Avenue and Mendota Heights Road. Westbound Highway 55 closed between Highway 5 and Highway 13; pedestrian/bike trail closed on the east side of the bridge adjacent to the westbound lanes. 

The changing road conditions in work zones require every driver’s undistracted attention, the release stated. MnDOT urges motorists to be attentive, slow down in work zones , drive with caution and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

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For a complete list of projects by highway or region, visit www.mndot.gov/roadwork/current.html . Motorists also can stay informed about projects and other transportation topics by connecting to MnDOT via social media and signing up for email updates for major projects at www.mndot.gov/emailupdates .

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