Construction delays ahead for area commuters

Area residents who commute to the Twin Cities will need to do some advance planning over the next two months.

Construction projects will affect drivers on both Interstate-35 and US 169 in July and August.

I-35 The I-35 changes are part of an ongoing summer-long project. Beginning this week, and running through July 22, North and southbound traffic on I-35 will be reduced to a single lane from the 35W/35E split in Burnsville to Cedar Avenue in Apple Valley. Speed will be reduced and traffic is expected to be backed up significantly during rush hour. In addition to the lane restrictions, access to and f r o m Dakota C o u n t y Road 11 in Burnsville will be closed during that time, and from July 10-24, the McAndrews Road bridge over I-35 will be closed for repairs. Once these repairs are finished, crews will begin work on concrete rehabilitation from the 35E/35W split in Burnsville south to Scott County Road 2 in Elko New Market. That project is expected to begin as early as July 22, and will continue for several months, with single lane traffic in both directions.

Highway 169 Those who commute to the western suburbs or downtown Minneapolis via the Bloomington Ferry Bridge (Highway 169) will find major delays as they approach and cross the bridge from Scott County into Bloomington starting in late July. The month-long project will be to make repairs to the bridge. Crews will do maintenance on bridge joints, strengthen the shoulders and make "traffic flow improvements" between Scott County Road 101 and Pioneer Trail. Already heavy traffic on the bridge will be limited to a single lane during the construction period. In addition, there will also be some temporary lane and ramp closure and possible detours throughout the project.

The project is tentatively scheduled to begin on July 26 and run through August 23.