The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extra caution during Labor Day weekend. Although most road construction is shut down over the Labor Day holiday, there are still highway work zones in place.

Motorists are also asked to be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists as many children return to school around the state.

“This is our last big weekend of the summer. School starts for most next week,” said Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “Drive safely through the work zones this weekend. Plan ahead, add extra time if needed. We want you to arrive safely and ready to enjoy this final bit of summer.”

Motorists may encounter bypasses, lane closures and detours. MnDOT recommends that motorists be prepared for slower moving traffic, think about using alternate routes, and call 5-1-1 or go to www.511mn.orgto get information about road construction detours. 

Highway projects that may affect weekend travel include:

Twin Cities

 Interstate 94 between St. Paul and Maplewood – lane closures and ramp closures, expect delays  I-94 between Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center – lane closures and slow traffic   Highway 169 Golden Valley to Edina – detour   I-694 between Arden Hills and Vadnais Heights – two lanes in each direction, eastbound lanes separated by concrete median barrier   Highway 10 at I-35W – ramp from Highway 10 to northbound I-35W closed   I-35W between County Road H and County Road I – ramp closures

Central Minnesota

 Highway 10 in Elk River – Eastbound single lane near Lake Orono, plan for delays, westbound lanes open  Highway 27/Highway 71 in Long Prairie – narrow lanes, no shoulders   Highway 65 Cambridge to Anoka County – single lane in each direction, plan for delays   Highway 210/Highway 169 north of Aitkin – narrow temporary bypass lanes at creek   Highway 371 Nisswa to south Pequot Lakes – single lane in each direction, with access changes, follow signs

Northern Minnesota

 Highway 1/ Highway 169 Eagles Nest project – lane closures, flaggers  Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes – lane closures I-94 Evansville to Garfield – single lane in each direction  I-35 over Highway 61 in Carlton County – single lane in each direction  Highway 53 relocation project in Virginia – single lane in each direction; Highway 135 – closed, detour  Highway 61 in Beaver Bay – single lane traffic in each direction  Highway 169, Highway 37 in Hibbing – single lane in each direction  Highway 73 in Kettle River – closed, detour  Highway 2 Kennedy Bridge between East Grand Forks, Minn., and Grand Forks, N.D. – closed, detour

West central Minnesota

 Highway 7 – detour  Highway 29 in Montevideo – detour

Southern Minnesota

 Highway 22 Mapleton to Mankato – detour  I-35 bridge replacements south of Owatonna – single lane in each direction; Highway 42 between Plainview and Kellogg – bridge closure, detour  Highway 52 between Zumbrota and Rosemount – lane closures Highway 15 in New Ulm – detour ighway 99 Minnesota River bridge in St. Peter – detour

For a complete list of road projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit

MnDOT urges motorists to be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Transportation