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Road tripper's guide to 2018 construction season for central Minnesota

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Washington Avenue, the main traffic artery through University of Minnesota's east bank campus, closed down early for construction of the Central Corridor light rail line on Monday, May 16, 2011. It will reopen in 2014 as a train/bus/bike/pedestrian transit mall.
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Updated: June 22 | Posted: June 22

Planning to hit the road this summer? You might want to make sure your trip won't cross the orange cones. Here's a summary of MnDOT's big construction projects in the state.

Keep in mind that construction projects can both be delayed or finish early. Consider this only as a guide, and we'll try our best to keep it updated throughout the year. For the latest construction information, check out MnDOT's current construction website. Or call 511 for travel information.

We also aren't able to track all the local construction projects. These projects are mainly handled by or in partnership with the state transportation department. 

Central Minnesota (MnDOT District 3)

Highway 4 Lake Henry

Highway 4 Lake Henry in Stearns County
Highway 4 Lake Henry in Stearns County
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

Highway 4 is closed to through traffic from Cartway Drive to Ball Park Street. The detour began May 7 and lasts until August. Cars are detoured using Stearns County Road 19 and County Road 32. Truck detours include Interstate 94, Highway 71 and Highway 55. The project will reconstruct the road surface, sidestreet connections and driveway entrances and update the city sewers and curb gutters. The project cost is $1.1 million.

Highway 6 Emily

Highway 6 Emily reconstruction
Highway 6 Emily reconstruction
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

From May to September, expect occasional lane or shoulder closures with possible flaggers controlling traffic on Highway 6 through Emily. Southbound Highway 6 is closed with a detour using Evergreen/Cemetery Road, County Road 1, White Pine Street and 3rd Street. Keep up with the latest information on this project with MnDOT. Cost on this project is about $2.1 million.

Highway 10 Clear Lake to Big Lake

Highway 10 Clear Lake to Big Lake
Highway 10 Clear Lake to Big Lake.
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

The Highway 10 bridge reconstruction over Lake Orono and road surface between Joplin Street and Xenia Avenue continues this year. Expect delays and narrow lanes on both directions of Highway 10 from May to late October. Cost for the project is expect to be $9.8 million.

Highway 10 Elk River Lake Orono Bridge

Highway 10 Elk River-Lake Orono Bridge
Highway 10 Elk River-Lake Orono Bridge
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

The Highway 10 reconstruction from Clear Lake to Big Lake runs from May to October. Expect delays and narrow lanes on both directions of Highway 10. Cost for the project is expect to be $7 million.

Highway 12 Cokato to Howard Lake

Highway 12 Cokato to Howard Lake
Highway 12 Cokato to Howard Lake
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

Crews will resurface and replace the guardrail on Highway 12 from 7th Street SE in Cokato to 13th Avenue in Howard Lake. There may be delays, lane closures, flaggers and a pilot car through June. Estimated cost is $1.5 million.

Highway 24 Clearwater to Clear Lake

Highway 24 Clearwater to Clear Lake
Highway 24 Clearwater to Clear Lake
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

Drivers on Highway 24 between Clearwater and Clear Lake will see night work with shoulder closures and narrow lanes. By mid-June segments of Highway 24 will be reduced to a single lane overnight. Expected cost is $1.8 million.

The bridge across the Mississippi River on Highway 24 is open for traffic, but work may continue from the 2015 to 2017 project there as crews wrap up by late June 2018. That project was $17.4 million.

Highway 25 Montrose to Watertown

Highway 25 Montrose to Watertown
Highway 25 Montrose to Watertown
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

This project began in May and is expected to last until August.  Highway 25 between Montrose and Watertown will be closed and detours are designated to Highway 12 and County Road 30 until early July, then, for the second half of the project, the detour shifts to County Road 10/13 and County Road 30. The project cost is expected to be $2.63 million.

Highway 27 near Lastrup

Highway 27 Bridge replacement east of Lastrup
Highway 27 Bridge replacement east of Lastrup.
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

The Highway 27 bridge over a stream that flows to the Skunk River, about seven miles east of Lastrup in Morrison County, will be replaced. The project begins in mid-June and lasts until August. The project cost is expected to be $539,000.

Highway 55 Buffalo to Rockford

Highway 55 Buffalo to Rockford
Highway 55 Buffalo to Rockford
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

Highway 55 is under construction from mid-June to mid-September, a detour is set starting in early July and lasts until late August. Traffic will be rerouted on Highway 25, Highway 12, County Line Road, Hennepin County Road 11, and County Road 92/Dogwood St. to Rockford. Expect delays. There will also be periodic lane closures from Autumn Oaks/Electric Drive to just east of Main Street in Rockford throughout the project.

Highway 65 Cambridge to Isanti Anoko County line

Highway 65 Cambridge to Isanti
Highway 65 Cambridge to Isanti
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

This project began in 2017 and started its final stage in late spring. The remaining work includes segments of single-lane traffic in both directions as crews resurface Highway 65, both north and southbound segments, from Edgewood to the Isanti/Anoka county line. The cost for the project is set at $10 million.

Interstate 94 Central Minnesota

This year, four sections of Interstate 94 in Central Minnesota will be under construction.

Through mid-June between, Monticello to Clearwater, crews will smooth the eastbound and westbound lanes. Single lane closures can occur during non-rush hour times.

From April to August, a new 3,400 foot long noise barrier near Avon will be put in place along the westbound interstate, west of Stearns County Road 9 near Hamlet Drive. 

From May to October alternate emergency I-94 route signs are being installed on county and city roads along the Interstate 94 corridor between Rogers to Osakis. 

I-94 Monticello Fallon Avenue overpass
I-94 Monticello Fallon Avenue overpass
Courtesy of the City of Monticello

In the city of Monticello, a new Fallon Avenue overpass west of Highway 25 will be constructed. The project also involves three new city roundabouts. Drivers on the interstate could encounter shoulder and lane closures, and reduced speeds. The schedule is set for April to October.

Highway 95 Princeton

Highway 95 Princeton roundabout construction
Highway 95 Princeton roundabout construction
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

A new roundabout at the intersection of Highway 95 and 21st Avenue in Princeton will began in late April and lasts until mid August. A detour is in place through mid-July using County Road 31 and County Road 29. To learn more, visit the city of Princeton's website.

Highway 169 Garrison

Highway 169 Garrison Northbound bridge
Highway 169 Garrison Northbound bridge replacement
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

Work on the northbound bridge on Highway 169 in Garrison begins July 9 and last until October. The highway northbound will close from south Central Avenue to north of Crow Wing County 26 near Pike Point. Drivers can also expect narrow lanes, reduced speeds and side road access changes. Cost for the project is estimated at $1.6 million.

Highway 210 west of Staples

Highway 210 west of Staples
Highway 210 bridge replacement west of Staples Construction.
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

Crews are replacing the bridge on Highway 210 with a new box culvert west of Staples from mid-June to August. A detour is set up using County Road 9 and Highway 10. The project is expected to cost about $495,000.

Highway 238 Albany

Highway 238 Albany Reconstruction
Highway 238 Albany Reconstruction.
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

Reconstruction of Highway 238 in Albany will result in a detour along Soo Line Avenue and 6th Street in Albany. The project schedule is from June to September. The project is expected to cost $1.4 million.

Highway 371 Baxter/Brainerd

Resurfacing work on both directions of the highway from south of Highway 210 in Baxter to 50th Avenue south of the Business Highway 371 interchange in Brainerd is expected from June to August 2018. Drivers can expect single lane closures, reduced speeds and narrowed lanes. The cost is expected to be $3.3 million

Highway 371 projects
Highway 371 projects
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

Highway 371 Backus/Hackensack

From August to October, Highway 371 between Hackensack and Backus will be under construction, with a detour beginning after Labor Day. The expected work will close the highway for up to five weeks between the two communities. A detour uses Highway 87 west of Backus, Highway 64 and County Road 19/40 to Hackensack. The project cost is estimated to be $4.2 million. 

Highway 371 Backus/Hackensack

Highway 371B South Sixth Street Brainerd
Highway 371B South Sixth Street Brainerd
Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

Work on Highway 371B from Highway 210 to Joseph Street began April 30 and is expected to last until mid-October 2018. The work will result in lane and shoulder closures along the corridor. Until mid-July, a detour will be in effect, using Industrial Park Road, County Road 45/13th Street SE and Oak Street. A truck detour will be in place until mid-October.