The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has kicked off a major construction project in St. Paul that is expected to cause major traffic troubles in the year ahead.

The $27 million I-94 & I-35E Resurfacing Project in St. Paul, Minnesota, began around 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, and is expected to continue through fall 2022.

Around 200,000 vehicles use this corridor per day, so the project is expected to have a significant impact on traffic.

“Construction will progress from west to east and be split into three stages, each with two sub-stages for work on inner and outer lanes. Construction will reduce capacity to two lanes in each direction and require long-term closures of ramps into and out of downtown St. Paul. The construction schedule is subject to change,” MnDOT said.

During the construction work, crews will resurface the interstates, work on ramp repair and drainage, and upgrade pedestrian accessibility to Americans with Disability (ADA) standards

From July 18 through mid-August, the left two lanes of I-94 in both directions are closed between just west of Western Ave. and Saint Peter St.

Additionally, starting July 21, the ramp from 12th St. to WB I-94 and SB I-35E is closed.

The second phase of the project will take place from spring through mid-summer 2022 from Marion St. to I-35E.

During the third phase of the project, the work will move to I-35E to Mounds Blvd. This will take place mid-summer through fall 2022.

To learn more about the construction project, please click here.