Highway 280 work began May 2

Traffic on Highway 280 was down to single lanes in both directions as seen from the Larpenteur Avenue bridge May 2.

Traffic from Interstates 35W and 94 is being detoured to Snelling Avenue for work on Highway 280 that will last through mid-June.

As highway projects stack up on the area’s east/west corridors, score one for a north/south route: Highway 280 construction, which notably closes its interchange with Interstate 35W, began May 2.

Lauderdale Mayor Jeffrey Dains deadpanned “This could be exciting,” when he was brought up to speed about the project’s scope in January, and, coupled with roadwork nearby, residents might feel similarly.

The main thrust of the project, which began last week and is slated to last through mid-June, closes both the north and southbound ramps from I-35W to 280 and closes the highway north of Broadway Street.

The ramps connecting the highway and interstate will be rebuilt with new concrete median barriers and zipper merge signs will be installed on the ramps, according to Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Highway 280 will remain open in both directions throughout the work south of Broadway, MnDOT officials said, though traffic on both sides will be reduced to a single lane south to Como Avenue, for resurfacing. The resurfacing work will be done at night or on weekends.

Intermittent closures of ramps at Como and Larpenteur avenues will happen during the work.

Traffic from I-35W and Interstate 94 is being detoured onto Snelling Avenue. The 280 work coincides with the early stages of a project to rebuild the Highway 36 bridge over Lexington Avenue in Roseville and with work to widen Interstate 694 in Shoreview. Lexington at Highway 36 is closed.

MnDOT gave itself a hard deadline for reopening the connections between 280 and I-35W: The project website says the ramps will be open during Rondo Days in St. Paul come July 16.


Mike Munzenrider can be reached at mmunzenrider@lillienews.com or 651-748-7813. Follow him on Twitter @mmunzenrider.

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