For the next three weeks or so, drivers will encounter alternating lane closures on Interstate 94 near Alexandria.

The closures on the freeway between Highways 27 and 29 interchanges began Wednesday, March 27.

Road crews are constructing crossovers in preparation for the road work that will be done this year on the eastbound lanes of I-94 between the Highway 29 exit to Alexandria and the Highway 114 exit to Garfield.

That construction is scheduled to begin on April 15, weather permitting, says the Minnesota Department of Transportation. When that work starts, traffic will be reduced to one lane during that several-mile stretch in both directions.

The Lake Latoka Rest Area will also be closed after April 15 until the project is completed.

Two-year project

This is the second year of the I-94 resurfacing project that began in May 2018 and wrapped up in September. During that span, westbound I-94 was closed between the Highway 79 exit near Evansville to the Highway 114 exit near Garfield for resurfacing, and the decks on the Highway 79 and Highway 114 bridges were replaced.

The westbound bridge over Lake Latoka was also replaced in 2018 as part of a $2.5 million project. The concrete construction on the eastbound lanes of the bridge near exit 100 is part of this year's construction, and expected to cost $5.7 million.

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.

To learn more about the eastbound I-94 projects, go to mndot.gov/d4/projects/i94eastbound.