A lot of motorists will be hitting the road this weekend, looking for their next big Minnesota fishing opener success story.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds travelers to plan ahead and use extra care when driving through highway work zones.

MnDOT says travelers may encounter bypasses, lane closures and detours resulting from the hundreds of transportation projects that are underway this construction season.

Highway projects that may affect your weekend travel on May 13-15 include:

  • I-35 in Duluth – lane restrictions and ramp closures
  • I-35 between Pine City and Hinckley – lane shifts and slow traffic
  • I-35E between Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake – lane and ramp closures
  • Highway 61 in Forest Lake – single lane traffic
  • I-94 between St. Paul and Woodbury – intermittent lane closures and ramp closures
  • Highway 280 between I-35W and Broadway St. – closed, detour
  • I-494 in Plymouth – multiple lane and ramp closures
  • Highway 100 in St. Louis Park – ramp closures and lane shift
  • Highway 8 between Highway 95 and Taylor Falls – closed, detour
  • I-94 between St. Cloud and Collegeville – lane closures and slow traffic
  • Highway 169 north of Milaca – one lane each direction, slow traffic
  • Highway 71 between Sauk Centre and Belgrade – single lane with flaggers, stopped traffic
  • I-94/Highway 29 in Alexandria – single lane on Highway 29, expect delays
  • Highway 169 between St. Peter and Mankato – detour
  • Highway 52/Highway 63 in Rochester – lanes shifts, ramp closures
  • Highway 23 between Holland and Pipestone, Russell to Florence – detour

Remember, you can always call 5-1-1 or go to 511mn.org to see if you will encounter work zones on your route.  Then, you can give yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination or find alternate routes.