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Alternative lane closures on I-94 near Alexandria to begin

The eastbound bridge on Interstate 94 over Lake Latoka is being replaced this summer. The westbound bridge was replaced last year. (Contributed) 1 / 2
Concrete resurfacing on I-94 from Highway 114 (Garfield) to Highway 29 (Alexandria) will start next month, weather permitting. (Contributed)2 / 2

Drivers on Interstate 94 will encounter alternating lane closures between the Highway 27 and 29 interchanges near Alexandria on Wednesday, March 20.

Crews will be clearing snow to prepare the roadway for upcoming construction projects, and will begin constructing crossovers next week, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Construction on the eastbound lanes between Alexandria and Garfield and replacement of the eastbound Lake Latoka Bridge will begin April 15, weather permitting.

At that time, traffic will be switched to one lane in both directions.

The bridge project near exit 100 began last year and included replacing the westbound bridge — a $2.5 million project. It will result in smoother, safer bridges, according to MnDOT.

The concrete construction of the eastbound lanes is a $5.7 million undertaking. It will result in a smoother, longer lasting road surface and help ensure that the transportation system will continue to serve the state for many years, according to MnDOT.

Visit the project websites to learn more about the upcoming eastbound I-94 projects in west central Minnesota:

Concrete resurfacing.

Lake Latoka Bridge replacement.

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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