Heading to the Cities this year? I-94 construction starts Monday

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KARE) Construction is set to begin on I-94 on Monday, slowing things down from Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis to Shingle Creek Parkway in Brooklyn Center.

Beginning Monday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) plans to reduce a portion of eastbound I-94 to two lanes on that stretch of highway, between the I-694/I-94 split and Hwy 252. Other ramp and lane closures may begin by the end of March.

Crews will also begin working on bridges on Monday. The $46.3 million project includes work on 50 bridges, including the Lowry Hill Tunnel.

"Pretty much both sides of the freeway are going to be down to two lanes pretty much most of the spring, summer and fall. So folks will want to plan for that," said MnDot's Dave Aeikens.

According to Aeikens, road closures should be over by Halloween. However, the project most likely won't wrap up until summer 2018, weather permitting.