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Plan Your Travel When Heading to Twin Cities This Road Construction Season

Plan Your Travel When Heading to Twin Cities This Road Construction Season Click to Enlarge

ST. PAUL, MN--Crews will begin to close the existing westbound Highway 10 lanes near Lake Orono in Elk River after 7 a.m. Monday, April 2. Soon after they begin, all lanes of Hwy 10 will be switched onto narrow, temporary lanes for most of the 2018 construction season.

What does that mean to you? How narrow is narrow? Let us count the ways.

  1. The eastbound Hwy 10 lanes will be 12-feet wide, but will narrow to 11-feet as you cross the existing bridge.
  2. The westbound Hwy 10 lanes will be 12-feet wide, but will narrow to 10 feet, 6 inches as you cross the existing bridge.
  3. Oversized loads will be prohibited.
  4. Even regular-sized commercial truck operators should consider an alternate route during rush hours.
  5. Please – no unnecessary lane changes within the work zone.
  6. If you’re not comfortable pulling a wider trailer through narrow spaces, you may want to consider an alternate route.
  7. The narrower lane is about 2 feet wider than a typical two-place snowmobile trailer, and many utility trailers.
  8. It’s 1.5 feet wider than the height of the world’s tallest man.
  9. It’s also about 2.5 feet wider than the wingspan of a large bald eagle in Minnesota.
  10. And it’s almost exactly the same as the combined length of the two longest Minnesota state record fish.

For more details on the project and its schedule, check the project’s website at mndot.gov/d3/h10orono.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, check 511mn.org.

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