ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation encourages motorists to plan ahead before traveling over the July 4 holiday and use extra care while driving through work zones.

There are more than 200 highway construction projects being worked on across Minnesota this year to help maintain the state’s roads and bridges and improve safety for motorists. MnDOT will suspend work on most projects during the holiday, but motorists may encounter bypasses, lane closures and detours. Motorists should be prepared for slower moving traffic, consider using alternate routes and check www.511mn.org to get information about road construction and traffic impacts.

Highway projects that may affect weekend travel July 4 include:

Central Minnesota

· I-94 Lake Latoka near Alexandria – Single lane traffic on I-94 in both directions, Lake Latoka Rest Area closed

· Highways 55, 59, 79 Elbow Lake – Potential lane closures

· Highway 23 Marshall – Road reduced to one lane

· Highway 40 Milan – Bridge closed over Lac qui Parle Lake, detour

· Highway 67 Granite Falls – Road closed between Upper Sioux Agency State Park entrance and Yellow Medicine River bridge, detour

· Highway 67 Echo – Road closed over Boiling Spring Creek, detour

· Highway 27 Little Falls – Closed, detour through September

· Highway 28/29 Starbuck to Glenwood – Road closed, detour

· Highway 65/Highway 107 near Braham – Single lane traffic, lane shifts and reduced speeds

· Highway 169 Garrison – Lanes widths are reduced, speed limit is reduced. There are two lanes open in each direction

· Highway 15 St. Augusta to Kimball – Closed, detour through July

· Highway 55 Buffalo to Maple Lake – Closed, detour

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