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April power line work will delay I-94 traffic

ALEXANDRIA — Motorists traveling on Interstate 94 west of Alexandria near Lake Latoka will encounter intermittent delays and lane closures during the first and second weeks of April.

 Traffic will reduce to a single lane in each direction during daytime hours through mid-April during work near the interstate as part of the CapX2020 transmission line project, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

On Tuesday, April 1, and Wednesday, April 2, weather-permitting, crews will use a helicopter to string power lines over the interstate. Traffic may stop temporarily during this work.

State Patrol troopers will be present to assist travelers through the work zone. Motorists should slow down, be alert and keep traveling through the work zone, unless directed by law enforcement.

 Several I-94 wire crossings will occur between Alexandria and Barnesville this summer and fall. More information will be released in advance of those crossings.

For more information about the CapX2020 project, call 1-866-876-2869 or visit

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit or dial 5-1-1.

Work between Alexandria and St. Cloud on the transmission line will be completed in late summer 2014. Construction on the final segment of the project between Alexandria and Fargo is scheduled for completion in mid-2015.

In addition to helicopters flying close to the structures along I-94, crews will use implosive connectors to splice transmission conductor joints and connect conductor to the structures. The split-second detonation creates a flash and a loud boom.

David Little
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