Crews needed a few more days but are now ready to begin resurfacing westbound Interstate 94. On the morning of Sunday, May 2, westbound lanes between the I-94/494/694 interchange in Maple Grove and Hwy. 241 in St. Michael will be separated. Motorists will need to decide which lane to take before the I-94/494/694 interchange.

The left lane will be a through lane with no on/off access to local roads until Hwy. 241.

The two right lanes will provide local access to exits at Weaver Lake Road, Maple Grove Parkway, Hwy. 101 and Hwy. 241. A barrier separates the two access lanes from the through lanes.

This lane configuration means motorists have three lanes of traffic on both eastbound and westbound I-94 during the day but expect intermittent nighttime lane closures. The lane shifts will be in place through September.

MnDOT is making improvements to a 39-mile stretch of I-94 between Maple Grove and Clearwater that includes more travel lanes, bridge replacements, new bridges, improved drainage and the resurfacing of deteriorating pavement. Additionally, a new interchange is being constructed on I-94 near the city of Dayton.

The improvements will reduce congestion, improve safety, improve freight movement, enhance economic vitality and provide a smoother ride for users of I-94.

For more information, visit the I-94 Maple Grove to Clearwater project page of If people have any questions about the project, contact the project team at 651-456-8205 or

Please drive with care in work zones:

• Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate with care and caution

• Stay alert; work zones constantly change

• Watch for workers and slow moving equipment

• Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.

• Minimize distractions behind the wheel

• Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times

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