I-94 work tries to avoid Twins schedule

Nickalas Tabbert

 If you plan on traveling on Interstate 94 this weekend, you should thank the Twins. 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has decided to wait until after the team's weekend series against the Texas Rangers to close down a small stretch of highway near Target Field.

From 10 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday and over the same time span the next night, both directions of I-94 will be closed to allow cleaning of the Lowry Hill Tunnel, the Star Tribune said.

MnDOT is also closing an eastbound stretch of I-94 from I-394 to Hwy. 55/Hiawatha Avenue beginning Friday night.  The ramps will close down at 9:00 p.m. and reopen 5 a.m. Monday morning.

The closure is needed for crews to resurface the road as part of an I-94 improvement project, the article said.  Three more weekend closures will be scheduled in the coming months.

MnDOT spokeswoman Bre Grand said her agency "needs to get this work done as quickly as possible to meet the project's completion date of the end of June."

The overall project between the donations of Minneapolis and St. Paul includes resurfacing, drainage improvements, bridge maintenance and shoulder reconstruction.