St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - The busy summer travel season is officially underway as Minnesotans hit the highways for the Memorial Day weekend.

The State Department of Transportation is urging everyone to use extra caution while driving through highway work zones. Spokesman Kevin Gutknecht says work on many of the projects is being suspended through the holiday weekend, but motorists will still encounter lane closures and switches, rough roads and other hazards in the work zones. He says, even when workers are not present, the work zone speed limit still need to be obeyed.

The State Patrol and several hundred local law enforcement agencies throughout Minnesota will also have extra officers on patrol for a statewide enforcement campaign targeting seat belt law violations that runs through the end of the month.

Visit MnDOT’s online travel tool,, for the latest information on Highway work zones and related detours, along with up to date information about traffic disruptions caused by crashes.

MnDOT supplied this list of projects that could impact travelers during the Memorial Day weekend.

Southern Minnesota

  • I-35 Owatonna to Albert Lea – single-lane traffic in both directions, slow traffic. Expect delays
  • Highway 63 south of Spring Valley to Iowa border – closed, detour
  • I-90 between Alden and Highway 22 - single-lane traffic in both directions, slow traffic
  • Highway 14 at Highway 42 in Eyota – closed, detour

Twin Cities area

  • Interstate 494 in Plymouth – multiple lane and ramp closures
  • I-35E in St. Paul and Little Canada – lane and ramp closures
  • Highway 100 in St. Louis Park – ramp closures and lane shift
  • Highway 169 in Jordan – single-lane traffic in both directions, County Road 9 access closed, detour

Central Minnesota

  • I-94 between Rogers and St. Michael – lane shift, narrow lanes and reduced speeds
  • Highway 10 between St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids – all lanes of traffic will be open for the weekend
  • Highway 95 in Cambridge is closed over the Rum River Bridge (check 511 for width and length limits)
  • Highway 25 in Buffalo – detour

West Central Minnesota

  • Highway 12 between Kerkhoven and Pennock -- detoured
  • Highway 14 between Florence and Tyler -- detoured
  • Highway 59 in Marshall – short detour

Northern Minnesota

  • Highway 197 in Bemidji – lane closures, slow traffic
  • Highway 34 between Barnesville and Highway 59 – closed, detour
  • Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes – four lanes of traffic will be open for the weekend
  • Highway 2 (Bong Bridge) between Duluth and Superior - eastbound lanes closed, detour

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