Construction Continues on I-94 from Maple Grove to Clearwater
This summer, construction continues on I-94 with major upgrades on a 39-mile stretch of interstate between Maple Grove and Clearwater.
This is year two of a three-year project. When finished in 2021, I-94 will have extra travel lanes, a new interchange, and rebuilt bridges.
“You’ll notice if you’re driving in the Maple Grove to Rogers area that the speed limit’s been reduced to 60 miles an hour,” said Dave Aeikens of MnDOT. “You’ll want to prepare for that and stick to that as you’re going through there. Pay attention to your driving and don’t let yourself get distracted by something. This will make sure that you get out safe and the workers are safe.”
Expect I-94 Lane Shifts
Later this month MnDOT is going to shift traffic so crews can start rebuilding I-94 east. Those going east need to plan ahead for the alteration of traffic and adjust accordingly.
“When they get to Highway 101 in Rogers, they’re going to have to make a decision on whether they want to exit say at 610 or Maple Grove Parkway, or at Weaver Lake Road,” Aeikens said. “If they want to do that they’re going to have to get into the right lane.”
Part of the I-94 construction project also includes significant improvements at the Elm Creek Rest Area.
“There’s some expansion of parking for truckers,” Aeikens said. “Some new electronic signs. A lot of great stuff. It’s going to be closed until November 1st for the general public but it will be open for truckers until further notice.”
Because of COVID 19, the volume of traffic on I-94 is down. This means MnDOT crews can work less at night and more in the day, which means better visibility.
You can keep up with the project here.