Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 20, 2017

Hwy 96 bridge weekend closure in White Bear Lake scheduled June 23-26

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a weekend closure on the Highway 96 bridge in White Bear Lake on June 23, weather permitting.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, June 23, the Highway 96 bridge will close at Interstate 35E. During the closure, traffic will not be able to cross the interstate, although the following movements will be allowed:

  • Northbound I-35E to eastbound Highway 96
  • Southbound I-35E to westbound Highway 96
  • Eastbound Highway 96 to southbound I-35E and
  • Westbound Highway 96 to northbound I-35E

During the closure, crews will apply a chip seal (thin coat of asphalt and gravel) to the bridge deck surface. The work will require restrictions on some ramps. During the closure, motorists will not be permitted to turn left onto the bridge from either I-35E or Highway 96. The bridge will re-open by 5 a.m., Monday, June 26.

The bridge work is part of the two-year I-35E Goose Lake Road and Highway 96 road resurfacing project. In addition to resurfacing, the work includes widening the road, re-decking and widening the Highway 96 bridge, replacing the I-35E bridges over Goose Lake Road, updating drainage, repairing guardrail and constructing a trail. The work is expected to be complete by late summer 2017.

For more information visit the project web site: mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35vadnaisheights/.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.