MnDOT: Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Commute

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: May 24, 2019 06:30 PM

It's Memorial Day weekend and many folks will be out and about enjoying the holiday. There will be more cars on the road which means more traffic, and with construction season, there's important safety reminders to keep in mind for your weekend commute.

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I-35 in Duluth has been going through an ongoing freeway lighting improvement project that's been causing lane and ramp closures on areas like Mesaba Avenue to 5th Avenue West, and the Leif Erikson tunnel to London Road. Luckily, this wont be a concern for Memorial Day weekend.

Construction workers will be off so there won't be as much traffic from closures, but single lane closures will be back on starting Tuesday for that project. Most construction projects are going to be suspended for the holiday, but that doesn't mean there won't be any traffic.

Folks may encounter some bypasses, lane closures and detours across the state. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is encouraging folks to plan ahead before traveling on Memorial Day weekend and use extra care while driving through work zones.

"There's most traffic on I-35. You're going to see the biggest backups in those work zones on I-35 down in Pine City and in Duluth in our system that's where you're going to see the biggest problem," Duane Hill, a MnDOT district engineer, said.

Hill said drivers should expect traffic on the work zone of I-35 for the Snake River bridge replacements. Highway 70 traffic is being detoured to highway 7.

As of now, Highway 61 is clear of projects so that should be a smooth commute for those who plan going up the shore.

Motorists are asked to be prepared for slower moving traffic, consider using alternate routes and checking MnDOT's 511 website to get information on road construction and traffic impacts.

As always, an important reminder is also to always buckle up and avoid distractions on the roads.


Alejandra Palacios

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