Hwy 25 ramp top westbound I-94 in Monticello closed May 29

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Motorists traveling in the Monticello area will encounter delays and detours as the ramp from Highway 25 to westbound Interstate 94 closes at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 29, while crews reconstruct more than two miles of the interstate.
The Highway 25 ramp will remain closed until June 28.
In addition, the ramp from County Road 18 to westbound I-94, which closed May 22, will remain closed until mid-September.
Signed detours will direct motorists to access westbound I-94 using local roads to westbound County Road 75, to County Road 8, to westbound I-94 in Hasty. The 11-mile “Go Hasty” detour parallels I-94 and is scheduled for 30 days.
Other traffic changes on I-94 in Monticello include:
·All lanes of I-94 between County Road 18 and Highway 25 are switched to narrow, temporary lanes with a reduced 55 mph speed limit through mid-September.
·The ramp from westbound I-94 to Highway 25 is closed through late-July. A signed detour directs motorists to exit at County Road 18.
·Both ramps from Highway 25 to eastbound I-94 will remain closed through mid-September.
When complete in fall 2014, the project will improve efficiency on the interstate and local transportation system by reconstructing the existing lanes of I-94, adding a new auxiliary lane along westbound I-94 between County Road 18 and Highway 25 to alleviate problems with merging and weaving, reconfiguring the ramps from Highway 25 to eastbound I-94 to improve merging, upgrading signal systems and improving drainage in the area.
For detour maps or to get email updates with traffic changes and project updates delivered to your inbox, visit the I-94 Monticello website at www.mndot.gov/d3/monti/ For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.


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