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Upcoming Interstate 94 east metro ramp closures

Construction crews are making progress on the eastbound Interstate 94 pavement replacement. The old pavement is nearly completely removed, and construction crews are on track to begin pouring concrete for the new driving surface of the eastbound lanes this week.

As the project progresses, so does the need to adjust traffic restrictions to give crews the space to complete this important work.

Expect these changes in the coming weeks within the work zone:

  • The ramp from eastbound I-94 to northbound McKnight Road will close early Thursday morning, July 20. Anticipate re-opening both eastbound I-94 to McKnight Road ramps in August.
  • The ramp from Etna Street to southbound Highway 61 will close early Monday morning, July 24, through the end of August

Ramps are being closed to they may be repaved. Closure durations and time frames are all approximate and weather dependent.

What’s next

Anticipate final construction stage in early August. There will be additional lane and ramp closures (and openings) before the project is completed this fall.

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Interstate 94 East traffic changes begin June 23

Traffic change details

Project milestone: Beginning Friday, June 23, westbound traffic on Interstate 94 will be switched to the newly-paved westbound lanes. This is the first in a series of traffic changes that will occur between June 23 and June 30. The changes are needed to set up the traffic pattern that will allow construction crews to begin resurfacing all eastbound I-94 travel lanes between Saint Paul and Maplewood in early July.

Drivers will encounter the following lane and ramp closures over the next week in the project area:

Beginning June 22:

Lane closure: Starting 9 a.m., June 22, the right lane on northbound Highway 120/Century Avenue will be closed from just south of I-94 to 3M/Innovation Road for approximately three weeks. The closure is needed to provide work space for crews to construct the trail on the east side of the road.

Beginning June 23:

Lane closure: The right lane (local access lane) and all ramps on westbound I-94 between Highway 120/Century Avenue and Mounds Boulevard will be closed through 5 a.m., June 24. During this time, all westbound I-94 traffic will be routed to the far left lane. Once these closures are lifted, most ramps will reopen and motorists will have three travel lanes on westbound I-94.

Ramp closures: The following westbound I-94 entrance and exit ramps will be closed through August 2017, unless otherwise noted. These closures are necessary to maintain a safe traffic flow on I-94 during construction.

Hudson Road to westbound I-94 (the far east entrance ramp in front of 3M) White Bear Avenue to westbound I-94. This closure will be in place through fall 2017.

Beginning June 24:

Crews will be relocating the moveable barrier from eastbound I-94 to westbound I-94 as part of preparing for the next construction stage. From Saturday morning, June 24, through Thursday evening, June 29, there will be three eastbound travel lanes and three westbound travel lanes on I-94.

Beginning June 29:

Lane closure: The right lane (local access lane) and all ramps on eastbound I-94 between Mounds Boulevard and Highway 120/Century Avenue will be closed beginning at 9 p.m., June 29 through 5 a.m., June 30. During this time, eastbound I-94 between St. Paul and Maplewood will be reduced to a single lane of traffic. After these closures are lifted, most ramps will reopen and eastbound I-94 will be set up in the traffic pattern that will be in place through August 2017.

Ramp closures: The following eastbound I-94 entrance/exit ramps are currently closed and will remain closed through fall 2017:

  • McKnight Rd. to eastbound I-94
  • NB/SB Hwy 61 to eastbound I-94

Be prepared to choose a lane

Starting on Friday morning, June 30, motorists on eastbound I-94 should be prepared to choose a lane.

Drivers exiting within the 5-mile project area between Mounds Boulevard and Highway 120/Century Avenue should stay in the right lane and follow the “local access, stay right” signs.

Drivers traveling beyond Highway 120/Century Avenue should remain in the left lanes and follow the “through traffic, stay left” signs.

Watch this brief video before driving in the area.

Closure durations and time frames are all approximate and weather dependent.

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Eastbound I-94 evening lane closure details

Eastbound Intersate 94 between Mounds Boulevard in Saint Paul and Highway 120/Century Avenue in Maplewood will be narrowed to two lanes of traffic from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 9. Then, eastbound I-94 in this same area will be narrowed to one lane of traffic from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. that same evening.

These closures are neededfor survey work in advance of this year’s construction project. Closure durations and time frames are all approximate and weather dependent.

Detour change for southbound Highway 52/Lafayette Bridge closure

Beginning 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, southbound Highway 52/Lafayette Bridge will close between Interstate 94 and Plato Boulevard south of the river. The bridge, which crosses the Mississippi River east of downtown Saint Paul, will reopen by 5 a.m. Mon, Sept. 19, weather permitting.

There has been a change in the detour information for this weekend’s closure of the southbound Highway 52/Lafayette bridge in Saint Paul. With the closure of the 6th St. entrance into downtown St. Paul, westbound I-94 traffic should use Mounds Boulevard and Kellogg Boulevard to reach the downtown area. Westbound I-94 traffic can also use either I-494 or Highway 61 to reach Highway 52 from east of Saint Paul.

Also,  bridge traffic will be restricted to carry out inspection activities. You should expect some delays early next week while workers cary out in-depth inspections of the bridge. Inspectors will work from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 19 to Sept. 22. During the work, traffic will be restricted to a single lane between I-94 and Plato Boulevard.

This is the first major inspection of the bridge since it was built and opened to traffic late last year. Inspection activities will be cancelled in case of high winds or other inclement weather. It is recommended that drives use an alternate route or follow the detour signs to reach their destination.

The other detour routes remain the same:

  • Eastbound I-94/southbound I-35 East: South on Highway 61, west on I-494 to Highway 52.
  • 7th St: Mounds Blvd to eastbound I-94 and follow the eastbound I-94 detour.
  • CHANGE: Westbound I-94: Mounds Boulevard to Kellogg Boulevard to downtown St. Paul. Use I-494 or Highway 61 to reach Highway 52.

The closure is necessary to apply a coating to the concrete driving surface of the bridge.

I-94 construction from East St. Paul to Maplewood

Motorists should be aware of delays and lane closures on Interstate 94 in the East Metro as traffic changes occur May 26, weather permitting.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, crews will begin shifting the eastbound lanes of I-94 between Mounds Blvd and Century Ave. to the outside lanes. During the switch, eastbound I-94 traffic will be reduced to two lanes. The closures will end by 5 a.m. Friday, May 27.

In addition,  at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, westbound I-94 will be shifted to the outside lanes and be reduced to two lanes. The closures will end by 5 a.m. Wednesday, June 1.

These shifts and lane closures are needed so crews can prepare the road for the next stage of construction.

The work is part of a larger two-year project which includes resurfacing both directions of I-94 from Mounds Blvd in St. Paul to just east of Century Ave. in Woodbury. Additional work includes constructing and replacing noise walls between Conway St. and Maple St. in St. Paul and extending auxiliary lanes in specific locations, bridge maintenance, construct trail connections, updating signals and pedestrian access and improving the drainage system.

The $49.8 million I-94 reconstruction and improvement project will provide a smoother, safer, long-lasting road with better pedestrian accessibility and improved drainage capabilities. Performing periodic pavement repairs at the appropriate times can greatly increase a road’s lifespan. The project helps ensure MnDOT’s transportation system will continue to serve the state for many years. Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2017.

For more information about the project, visit: mndot.gov/i94eastmetro. Follow on Twitter @mndotnews for ramp and lane closures. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.

Traffic advisory: segment of 6th Street to be closed

Be advised that 6th Street between Mounds Boulevard and Maria Avenue will be closed from Monday, Aug. 10 to  Friday, Aug. 14. The closure will affect traffic on the southeast side of the Saint Paul campus.

Workers are removing scaffolding from around the skyway under construction, removing the mock-up on the west end of Founders Hall and dismantling the tower crane on the site of the science center under construction.

University construction update


This update provides students and the community with the status of the construction projects around Metropolitan State’s Saint Paul Campus. Construction updates may also be viewed online at the Capital Projects: Construction and Planning Web page.


Interim parking and construction websites and webcam

The “Interim Parking” and “Construction” links may be found on the home page of the university website. The “Capital Projects: Construction and Planning” page features current information on university construction projects and links to a live webcam view of the parking ramp, student center and science education center worksites.

Remote parking site

It is reported that the shuttle and remote parking system continue to function well with the extended shuttle hours for fall semester, accommodating students in evening classes. Spring 2015 classes are relocated to Saint Paul College due to limited parking at Saint Paul Campus. The university is staying abreast of developments with the Kellogg Bridge and will continue to use the bridge for the shuttle route.

Parking ramp site: Soil contamination, testing and mitigation

It was previously reported that environmental safety consultants discovered soil contaminated with gas and diesel along with evidence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Although no evident risk to persons on or near the worksite has been found, health and safety is the university’s highest priority. The university has:

  • Completed an environmental site assessment;
  • Removed contaminated soil immediately below the ramp footprint;
  • Consulted with MnSCU’s finance and facilities leadership team and appropriate regulatory agencies including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Capital Region Watershed District; and
  • Developed plans to replace the intended storm-water infiltration system with a filtration system that will keep storm-water from the site from entering the watershed.

The soil contamination issue clearly impacted the project, with the contractor stating that the project is about 18 weeks behind schedule from its original completion date of late January 2015. While costs are still being refined, the current financial estimate of the contamination mitigation and delay costs exceeds $3.4 million. The university is working with the MnSCU system office to resolve funding issues.

The soil contamination is resolved and construction is moving forward. The main stair tower is being constructed, the first level is paved with asphalt, utilities are in place, the second level will be formed soon and concrete will be placed in November. The contractor is taking steps to continue construction throughout the winter.

Student center

Student center construction progresses, as viewed from the web cam on Seventh Street. Most foundations are in place and block walls are rising. In November, roofing steel arrives and building-exterior brick will be laid.

Like the parking ramp, the student center site had contaminated soils which were substantially removed under the building footprint. Because the ground still has vapors that can seep into the building through cracks and holes, a soil vapor extraction system has been designed and will be installed under the building. The cost of the soil removal, testing, and vapor extraction system is estimated to be approximately $580,000. As with the parking ramp, the university is working with the MnSCU system office to identify a way to fund the additional costs.

Science education center

The university hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 10, which was attended by local elected officials. The science education center is well underway, as approximately 300 cubic yards of contaminated soil have been removed from the site and hauled to an approved landfill. Prior knowledge of the existence of contaminated soil led to the cost of removal being included in the construction contract.

Foundations are being placed, formwork for the first story walls is being constructed and utility connections to the site have been completed. Foundations for the skyway next to Founders Hall have also been completed. The building’s second floor will be formed and concrete poured in the coming weeks.

Maria traffic calming measures

In partnership with the city of Saint Paul, the university plans to implement traffic-calming measures on Maria Avenue between East Sixth Street and East Seventh Street. That work will begin in the spring of 2015 while the parking ramp is under construction in order that both projects are completed together.