Major traffic changes on I-94 in Monticello occur Saturday

Motorists traveling Interstate 94 in Monticello will experience a series of lane and ramp changes as temporary lanes through the work zone switch from the eastbound side of the road to the westbound side July 23-26.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, crews switched both lanes of westbound I-94 from the east side to the west side of the road, and the ramp from westbound I-94 to Highway 25 was scheduled to open permanently, the Minnesota Department of Transportation stated in a news release.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, crews will switch both lanes of eastbound I-94 from the east side to the west side of the road, and the ramp from eastbound I-94 to Highway 25 will close until mid-Sept.

After the changes, motorists travelling I-94 in Monticello can expect the following:

· All lanes of I-94 between County Road 18 and Highway 25 will be switched to narrow, temporary lanes with a reduced 55 mph speed limit through late September.
· The ramps at westbound I-94/Highway 25 will permanently open.
· All ramps at eastbound I-94/Highway 25 will be closed until further notice.
· The ramp from County Road 18 to westbound I-94 will remain closed through late September.

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 traffic flow, safety and efficiency on I-94 and local roads. The project will add a new auxiliary lane along westbound I-94 between County Road 18 and Highway 25, reconfigure the ramps at eastbound I-94/Highway 25, upgrade signal systems and improve 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.

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