Ramp from southbound Highway 25 to westbound I-94 in Monticello now open

The access ramp from southbound Highway 25 to westbound Interstate 94 in Monticello opened at noon today, Friday, July 11.

The left turn from northbound Highway 25 to westbound I-94 remains closed, and is scheduled to reopen by July 17 after the permanent signal system is completed.

Information on that opening will be issued as details become available, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported in a news release.

Motorists are reminded that the new ramp from Highway 25 to westbound I-94, adjacent lanes and merge point are within the I-94 Monticello project’s work zone, and that the new ramp merges into I-94 lanes with a 55 mph speed limit.

Other traffic changes on I-94 in Monticello include:
· All lanes of I-94 between County Road 18 and Highway 25 are switched to narrow, temporary lanes with a reduced 55 mph speed limit through mid-September.
· The ramp from westbound I-94 to Highway 25 is closed through late-July. A signed detour directs motorists to exit at County Road 18.
· Both ramps from Highway 25 to eastbound I-94 will remain closed through mid-September.

The closures are part of a larger project to reconstruct and improve more than two miles of I-94 in Monticello.

When complete in fall 2014, the project will improve traffic flow and roadway efficiency by reconstructing the roadway, adding a new auxiliary lane along westbound I-94 between County Road 18 and Highway 25, reconfiguring the ramps from Highway 25 to eastbound I-94, upgrading signal systems and improving drainage in the area.

For detour maps 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.