The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges anglers to plan ahead and use caution while driving through highway work zones on the way to their favorite fishing spots this weekend.

Motorists may encounter lane closures and detours because of transportation projects that are underway this construction season. Some areas of the state are also experiencing flooding. MnDOT recommends that motorists prepare for slower moving traffic, think about alternate routes, and visit to get information about road construction projects and traffic impacts.

Note: Expect heavier traffic in and around Albert Lea where the governor’s annual fishing opener will occur on area lakes May 9-12.

Some of the highway projects that may affect weekend travel include:

Twin Cities

Central Minnesota

Northern Minnesota

  • I-35 Snake River bridge replacements – Southbound lane closed, ramps closed, Hwy 70 traffic detoured to Highway 7 through mid-July
  • I-35 in Downtown Duluth – Single lane traffic through June
  • Highways 1, 75, 175, 220 and 317 in northwest Minnesota – Roads closed due to flooding

Southern Minnesota

MnDOT urges motorists to be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.