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Metro - 35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown in Minneapolis: 2017-2021 construction

In this update

  • Lane reductions on 31st St. begin Nov. 15

  • I-35W weekend closure Nov. 16-19

  • Northbound I-35W to 5th Ave. reopens Nov. 19

  • Upcoming overnight closures of I-94

  • Winter road maintenance

  • Update on bridge, ramp and road closures

We’ve been busy

We have been busy during the last week: We reopened the 26th St. bridge last Friday and demolished the 28th St. bridge over the I-35W weekend closure. We need another closure of I-35W this weekend to do an underground utility crossing. Good news though: This should be the final I-35W weekend closure for the 35W@94 project this season.

Lane reductions on 31st Street begin Nov. 15

Beginning tomorrow, Thu, Nov. 15, 31st St. between Stevens Ave. and 2nd Ave. S. will be reduced to one lane in each direction. The lane reductions are needed to construct the I-35W bridge over 31st St. and retaining walls, and will be in place through fall 2020.

Reminder: I-35W weekend closure Nov. 16-19

I-35W will be closed this weekend from Fri, Nov. 16 at 10 p.m. until Mon, Nov. 19 at 5 a.m. to do underground utility work across I-35W. The detour route includes Hwy 62, Hwy 100 and I-394. Access to southbound I-35W from 46th St. will be closed this weekend, but access will be open at Diamond Lake Rd.

Northbound I-35W to 5th Avenue reopens Nov. 19

The ramp from northbound I-35W to 5th Ave. S. in downtown Minneapolis is anticipated to reopen on Mon, Nov. 19. The ramp will remain open through the winter, but will need to close again in spring 2019 for additional reconstruction activities.

Upcoming I-94 overnight closures

Overnight closures of I-94 between I-394 and I-35W are tentatively scheduled for the end of November. The closures are needed to set beams on the bridge over I-94 that will carry traffic into downtown Minneapolis. Dates, times and detours will be provided in upcoming email updates.

Winter road maintenance

MnDOT crews are prepared to provide immediate and extra support in the 35W@94 construction zone to ensure that the roads remain clear of snow and ice. We ask that drivers use extreme caution in the construction zone, follow speed limits and keep an eye out for snow and ice on the roads. MnDOT continues to monitor the area for road impacts to ensure safe travel.

Update on bridge, ramp and road closures

We are working quickly and efficiently to reopen bridges, ramps and roads. Here’s an update on upcoming openings and closures:

  • 2nd Ave./Clinton Ave. between Lake St. and 28th St: OPEN

  • 26th St. bridge: OPEN

  • 28th St. bridge: CLOSED until June 2019

  • 39th St./1st Ave. S. intersection, 39th St./2nd Ave. S. intersection, and 2nd Ave. between 38th St. and 39th St. reopens Nov. 16

  • 4th Ave. S. between 18th St. and Franklin Ave. reopens Nov. 16

  • Northbound I-35W to 5th Ave. S. in downtown Minneapolis reopens Nov. 19

More About This Project

To learn more, including all current traffic impacts and detour routes, visit the project website at:

Metro Transit bus routes will be impacted as a result of construction. For updated route information, and to sign up for Rider Alerts, visit

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority routes will be impacted as a result of construction. For updated route information, visit

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