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

In this update

  • I-35W overnight closure Oct. 11

  • Westbound I-94 to southbound I-35W ramp closure Oct. 12-22

  • I-35W weekend closure Oct. 19-22 

  • Update on bridge, ramp and road closures

Details are provided below

We have been working hard during last week, despite the rain, and remain on schedule for additional ramp and road closures and to reach some project milestones. Upcoming closures include an overnight closure of I-35W, a 10-day ramp closure from westbound I-94 to southbound I-35W, and a weekend closure of I-35W. Openings in the next month include three lanes back open on westbound I-94; access from northbound I-35W to downtown (11th St./E. Grant St.), and the 26th St. bridge.

The overnight closure of I-35W that was previously scheduled for earlier this week, and postponed because of weather, has been rescheduled for tonight, Thu, Oct. 11. The overnight closure is needed to pour the new 26th St bridge deck. This work is weather dependent; you can check the website for updated information in case of future changes.

On Thu, Oct. 11, I-35W will close in both directions between Hwy 62 and I-94 at 10 p.m. The highway will reopen at 5 a.m. on Fri, Oct. 12. The detour route includes Hwy 62, Hwy 100 and I-394.

Westbound I-94 to southbound I-35W ramp closure Oct. 12-22

Crews need to do utility work and repave the ramp from westbound I-94 to southbound I-35W, so the ramp will close for 10 days on the following dates:

On Fri, Oct. 12, the ramp from westbound I-94 to southbound I-35W will close at 10 p.m. The ramp will reopen on Mon, Oct. 22 at 5 a.m. The detour route is WB I-94 to WB I-394 to SB Hwy 100 to EB Hwy 62. However, for drivers coming from the east metro traveling to the south, we recommend using alternative routes including I-494, Hwy 52, and I-35E.

I-35W weekend closure scheduled for Oct. 19-22

We are looking forward to the project hitting some major milestones this month when we move into the next phase of the project. We anticipate reopening one lane of traffic from northbound I-35W into downtown to 11th St./E. Grant St. (access to 5th Ave. will remain closed through 2019) and shifting lanes of traffic on southbound I-35W.

To make this happen, crews need a weekend closure of I-35W. Beginning on Fri, Oct. 19 at 10 p.m., I-35W in both directions between Hwy 62 and I-94 will be closed. The detour route includes Hwy 62, Hwy 100 and I-394. The highway will reopen by 5 a.m. Mon, Oct. 22.

We continue to encourage drivers to allow more time for traveling and consider alternative ways to travel in and around the project area: bus, carpooling, working from home a day or two a week or driving during non-peak hours

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:

  • WB I-94 between Chicago Ave. and Nicollet Ave. returns to three lanes: Oct. 18

  • Access from NB I-35W to downtown (11th St/E. Grant St.) reopens: mid-Oct. (access from NB I-35W to 5th Ave. will remain closed through 2019; and, access from downtown to SB I-35W will remain closed through 2021)

  • Stevens Ave. between 28th St. and Lake St. and between 31st St and 35th St. closes Oct. 22 for noise wall reconstruction

  • 26th St. bridge reopens late Oct./early Nov.

  • 28th St. bridge closes for reconstruction late Oct./early Nov.

More About This Project

To learn more, including all current traffic impacts and detour routes, visit the project website at: mndot.gov/35w94

Metro Transit bus routes will be impacted as a result of construction. For updated route information, and to sign up for Rider Alerts, visit metrotransit.org/35W.

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

Stay Connected

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit 511mn.org/ or dial 5-1-1. 

MnDOT  •  mndot.gov

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