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Prepare for heavy traffic this weekend

Two Minnesota traditions - road construction and the opening of the 2014 fishing season - will converge this weekend. The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges anglers to use extra caution while driving through highway work zones on the way to their favorite fishing spots.

Anglers and vacation travelers may encounter bypasses, lane closures and detours resulting from the transportation projects that are under way this construction season. Motorists should be prepared for slower moving traffic and use extra caution in highway work zones to avoid injury or death to themselves or highway workers.    

Plan ahead, think about alternate routes, call 5-1-1 or go to to get advance information about road construction and detours.

Highway projects that may affect weekend travel on May 9-11 include the following:

  • ·         Eastbound 694 in Brooklyn Center - single lane traffic this weekend
  • ·         Highway 101 and County Road 144 in Rogers – lane closures
  • ·         I-35 in Owatonna - single lane traffic in both directions
  • ·         Highway 10 interchange construction in Rice – narrow lanes and reduced speeds
  • ·         Southbound Hwy 169 between Hwy 62 and Valley View Road - closed and traffic will be detoured to westbound Hwy 212 and eastbound I-494.

MnDOT urges motorists to: 

  • ·         Check for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions.
  • ·         Minimize distractions (e.g., don’t use cell phones or eat or drink while driving).
  • ·         Follow posted speed limits; fines double in work zones.
  • ·         Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

For a complete list of projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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