Monticello community gets first look at I-94 project

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will be reconstructing Interstate 94  to address traffic weaving issues between Highway 25 and County Highway 18 starting in April.
Two open houses to explain the project were held Monday, March 3, in the Monticello Community Center’s  Mississippi Room.
Business owners and managers were invited to a presentation and open house Monday, March 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
A public open house followed the business meeting from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the same location.
Those attending either event were able to learn  about the project’s schedule and planned lane and ramp closures, get information on the noise wall, view a preliminary layout of the project and take home project information.
Staff from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Shafer Contracting and the city of Monticello were also on hand to take comments and answer questions.
According to an update provided by WSB & Associates, Inc., the city’s consulting engineering firm, the project will replace the concrete pavement on I-94 and includes widening into the center median, installing a concrete barrier between eastbound and westbound inside lanes, separating the eastbound Highway 25 ramp and loop from mainline traffic with a raised concrete barrier, constructing an eastbound acceleration lane, and constructing a westbound auxiliary lane between the entrance loop at County Road 18 and exit ramp at Highway 25.
The project also includes reconstructing the pavement for all ramps and loops at the Highway 25/I-94 interchange and replacing pavement where the County 18 loop ramps tie into I-94.
The project will be staged to keep two lanes of traffic in each direction open at all times on I-94.
When one of the interchanges, either at Highway 25 or County 18, is closed for ramp and acceleration lane work, traffic will be detoured via Chelsea Road and County Road 75 to one of the interchanges to access eastbound I-94.
MnDOT has indicated that access to westbound I-94 will be detoured to County Road 75 to the interchange in Hasty, as both the westbound on ramps to I-94 from Highway 25 and County Road 18 will need to be shut down.
MnDOT is working on a plan to limit the duration that this will occur. A majority of the traffic impacts and detours are anticipated to take place between May 1 and September 1.
To have project updates including advance notice of traffic changes sent to your email inbox, subscribe to the I-94 Monticello email updates (signing up takes about two minutes). More information is also available at mndot.gov/d3/monti/.

Compiled by Tim Hennagir – tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com

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