I-94 becomes more challenging for commuters
The I-94 road project in Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis is heating up.

"I firmly believe in what they're doing with the infrastructure in reworking I-94," said Brooklyn Center Mayor Tim Willson. "I think it's long overdue."

MnDOT is beginning a $46 million project to fix nine miles of pavement and 50 bridges. The road work is now kicking into high gear.

Brooklyn Center's mayor had a word of advice for motorists.

"Don't get angry," Willson said. "Don't start doing road rage or any of those things. There is nothing we can do about it."

Minnesota's main street will have multiple lanes closed. Rush hour traffic was reduced to a crawl Monday morning. That will be the new normal for spring and summer commutes.

On Thursday the potential for gridlock will escalate as I-94's eastbound ramp to I-694 east and state Highway 252 will close.

"252 is going to be a problem," Willson said. "It's going to be a mess. MnDOT knows it. We know it."

This will also put more vehicles on the streets of Brooklyn Center as drivers look for alternate routes.
Brooklyn Center officials expect to see cut through traffic on Brooklyn Boulevard, Humboldt Avenue, 85th, 73rd, 70th and 66th streets.

There will be an I-94 open house on Thursday night from 6 to 8 pm at the Urban League in Minneapolis.

Eric Nelson, reporting

April 3, 2017


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