Traffic headaches begin Monday on I-35E

Motorists will encounter single lane traffic in each direction and possible congestion as reconstruction resumes Monday, April 2, on the northbound lanes of Interstate 35E between White Bear Lake and the I-35E/I-35W split in Columbus (south of Forest Lake).

Traffic will be shifted to a single lane in each direction overnight Sunday, April 1, weather permitting.

During the project, the existing blacktop pavement will be removed from the concrete below and replaced with a 9-inch-thick unbonded concrete overlay, which is a long-term pavement fix.

During the concrete paving, there will be temporary ramp closures at the CR-96, CR-J and CR-14 interchanges. Mn/DOT will stagger closures so that ramp closures will not happen at all of the interchanges simultaneously.

Once concrete paving is completed in early June, traffic will be returned to its four-lane configuration to finish the shoulder paving, paving tie-ins at each end of the project and removal of all temporary bypasses.

Motorists will encounter some off-peak lane closures to finish this work. Work should be completed by late June, 2012.

Work on the southbound lanes of I-35E was completed last year in the same area.

Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid congestion and possible delays.

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