The summer construction season continues this week with the reopening of 169 but ends with a weekend closure of 494.
US 169, which has been experiencing long delays the past few weeks while bridge work is completed on the Minnesota River bridge, is set to reopen all lanes Wednesday night. The project took place along both sides of the highway through Shakopee and Bloomington and is finishing ahead of the original scheduled completion date of Aug. 23. The one thing left on the 169 project is the westbound 101 ramp to northbound 169 which will close this weekend. That closure will take place from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.
Interstate 494 in Bloomington is another project which has been in progress in various locations through the Richfield/Bloomington portion of the corridor this summer. Following the completion of the Xerxes Avenue bridge and other work along the highway which has been completed, MnDOT reminded travelers today that the highway is still under construction and will face a westbound closure this weekend and eastbound closure during September.
The closure is scheduled to take place westbound between Interstate 35W and Highway 100 and last from Friday at 10 p.m. until Monday at 4 a.m. while crews work to resurface traffic lanes and replace median barriers. During this closure the eastbound lanes will remain open. For future reference another closure is planned for September 6 - September 9 on the opposite traffic lanes. In either case, the detour will take motorists north to Highway 62 via Highway 100 and Interstate 35W.
For travel information on either of these projects and for real-time traffic information throughout the metro, MnDOT advises travelers to utilize their 511 telephone service, visit the 511 website, or visit project specific pages through their main website.