Interstate 94 bridge work begins Monday in southwest St. Cloud metro

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Interstate 94 bridge work and lane closures will begin Aug. 15 near St. Cloud as part of a $3.4 million project, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Individuals traveling on I-94 southwest of St. Cloud will encounter lane closures and one-lane traffic in each direction west of the Minnesota Highway 23 interchange starting that week.

MnDOT will resurface and repair the I-94 bridges over a retired rail line between Highway 23 and Stearns County Road 138.

Through late August, motorists can expect periodic lane closures, lane shifts and reduced speeds as the work zone is set up and temporary crossovers are installed in the median.

Construction is pictured on Country Road 75 in Waite Park Monday, May 24, 2021.
Construction is pictured on Country Road 75 in Waite Park Monday, May 24, 2021.

From late August to mid-October, the eastbound or westbound bridge will be closed for work. There will be one lane in each direction at all times and motorists can use alternate routes or travel at off-peak hours. They should also plan for reduced speeds of 60 miles per hour.

Temporary crossovers and wrap-up work will be done in mid-October. Motorists can expect periodic lane or shoulder closures, lane shifts and reduced speeds.

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New Look Contracting, Inc. is the prime contractor for the $3.4 million project to provide a smoother bridge surface and reduce maintenance costs on I-94 southwest of St. Cloud.

For more information, you can contact MnDOT Construction Project Manager Rob Abfalter at robert.abfalter@state.mn.us or 320-223-6617 or visit the I-94 web page at www.mndot.gov/d3/projects/2022/i94stearns/.

For current construction in Central Minnesota, visit mndot.gov/d3/construct/. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, call 5-1-1 or visit 511mn.org.

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