Motorists who travel on Interstate 94 between Avon and Sauk Centre, Stearns County, will encounter single-lane closures and delays as crews begin roadwork on Tuesday, Sept. 5, reports the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Crews will resurface the mainline lanes with a new layer of asphalt between Highway 238 in Albany and St. John’s Road in Collegeville, near Avon.
The project also includes access ramps at various interchanges between St. John’s Road and Highway 71/28 in Sauk Centre, along with the two rest areas near Avon—Big Spunk rest area along eastbound I-94 and the Middle Spunk Lake rest area along westbound I-94. The work requires each rest area to close for up to four days.
Work will occur Monday through Friday, sunrise to sunset, on good weather days until late October.
MnDOT advises travelers to always slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution. Other reminders:
Never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.
Stay alert; work zones constantly change.
Watch for workers and slow-moving equipment.
Obey posted speed limits; fine for a work zone violation is $300.
Minimize distractions behind the wheel.
Also, motorists will encounter single-lane, head-to-head traffic, 24/7, east of Avon, as crews update the westbound I-94 bridge over eastbound Stearns County Road 75 at Collegeville through early October.
When complete, the $9.6 million project will provide smoother road surfaces and reduce maintenance upkeep and costs on I-94 between Collegeville and Sauk Centre.
For current road conditions on I-94 in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.