Interstate 94 lane shift scheduled for Saturday afternoon

Motorists traveling through Monticello may encounter traffic delays as the westbound lanes of Interstate 94 between County Road 18 and Highway 25 are shifted to the eastbound side of the road beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported Friday.

Both directions of I-94 will have narrowed, temporary lanes with a reduced speed limit of 55 miles per hour through early October.

Also beginning May 31, 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 to early August, MnDOT reported.

The  lane shifts and ramp closures were originally scheduled to begin May 21. That date was postponed following a pavement failure on the temporary westbound lanes.

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 early October. A signed detour will direct motorists along local roads, to Highway 25, to westbound I-94.
· The two ramps from Highway 25 to eastbound I-94 will remain closed through early October. Motorists may access eastbound I-94 at County Road 18.
· The ramp from Highway 25 to westbound I-94 is scheduled to close June 5.

The closures are 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.

To view and print a maps of the planned traffic changes and detours, or to get email updates with planned 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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