Lane shift, I-94 off ramp at Highway 25 closure set for Wednesday, May 21

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Motorists traveling through Monticello may encounter delays and slow traffic as the westbound lanes of I-94 between County Road 18 and Highway 25 are shifted to the eastbound side of the road beginning Wednesday, May 21.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said in a news release issued Friday morning that both directions of I-94 will have narrowed, temporary lanes with a reduced speed limit of 55 mph through October 15.

Also beginning May 21, the ramp from westbound I-94 to Highway 25 will close. Motorists traveling from westbound I-94 to local roads and businesses in Monticello will be directed to exit at County Road 18, about two miles before the closed Highway 25 ramp. The Highway 25 ramp will open in late-July.

Other I-94 ramps in Monticello will close according to the following schedule:

· The ramp from County Road 18 to westbound I-94 will close through mid-October. You can access westbound I-94 using the Highway 25 ramp through mid/late-June.

·The two ramps from Highway 25 to eastbound I-94 will remain closed through mid-September. Motorists may access eastbound I-94 at County Road 18.

To view or print a map of the traffic configuration beginning May 21, visit www.mndot.gov/d3/monti/.

The traffic changes are needed as part of a project to reconstruct and improve more than two miles of I-94 in Monticello.

When complete in fall 2014, the project will improve efficiency on the interstate and local transportation systems by adding an auxiliary lane along westbound I-94, reconfiguring ramps from Highway 25 to eastbound I-94, upgrading signal systems and improving drainage.

For more project details, or to get email updates with traffic changes and project updates delivered to your inbox, visit the I-94 Monticello website at www.mndot.gov/d3/monti/.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.

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