I-94 Construction in Maple Grove Pauses for Winter
For the next five months, people will have an easier time driving though Maple Grove on Interstate 94.
“We’re glad to be done and we’ll be back at it next year,” said David Aeikens, a spokesperson for MnDOT.
The three-year project to improve I-94 between Maple Grove and Clearwater has paused for the winter months. The most recent round of construction included resurfacing deteriorating pavement on the eastbound side and adding more parking spaces and signage at the Elm Creek Rest Area.
The project will resume next spring.
But this past summer, the nine-mile stretch between Maple Grove and Rogers turned out to be especially dangerous. MnDOT officials report that 103 crashes occurred between July 1 and Sept. 30 this year, most of them a result of driving errors.
Traffic management officials hope to avoid a repeat of that next year, but they need drivers to be more cautious.
“Driving through whatever work zone including this one, you just need to drive with care. Reduce your speed, pay attention, and don’t follow too closely to the car in front of you,” said Aeikens.
Sometime next spring MnDOT will move all traffic to the newly constructed eastbound side so crews can work on the westbound side. Construction will be complete in the fall of 2021. You can learn more about the project here.