Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown


Traffic impacts

Project map of I-35W in Minneapolis.
Click map for larger PDF version.

To learn more about this project, see summary of work.


Bridge closure

Sept. 18 through summer 2018
  • The Franklin Ave. bridge over I-35W is closed
    • WB Franklin Ave. Detour: Portland Ave. to 26th St. to 3rd Ave.
    • EB Franklin Ave. Detour: Nicollet Ave. to 28th St. to Park Ave.
    • Pedestrian Detour: Use 24th St. pedestrian bridge
    • View map for all Franklin Ave detours (PDF)

Lane closure

10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily Tuesday, Jan. 23 to Friday, Jan. 26

Watch for lane closures on the access lanes from downtown Minneapolis I-35W south.  

Sept. 11 through Fri, Jan. 19
  • The NB I-35W MnPASS shoulder is closed just south of 26th St. into downtown Minneapolis

Ramp closures

Midnight to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24

The ramp from I-94 east to I-35W south is closed. Motorists should take Washington Ave. exit back to I-35W south.

Aug. 24 through fall 2021
Aug. 24 through 2018

About this project

Summary of work

Work on 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown will include:

  • Converting NB I-35W Priced Dynamic Shoulder Lane between 46th St. and 26th St. to a permanent MnPASS Lane
  • Constructing a new MnPASS lane on SB I-35W from 26th St. to 46th St.
  • Constructing Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit Station at Lake St.
  • Improving access from I-35W to the Lake Street Business District by constructing two new exit ramps (NB I-35W to 28th St. and SB I-35W to Lake St.
  • Upgrading accessibility by improving pedestrian accommodations with pedestrian curb ramps and sidewalk upgrades.
  • Rehabilitating pavement and bridges on I-35W from 46th St. to 11th Ave., Hwy 65 from 26th St. to 15th St., and I-94 from Nicollet Ave. to Park Ave.
  • Constructing new and rehabilitating existing noise barriers throughout the project limits.

Project staging

The 35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown project will be done in five stages. Below are maps showing the anticipated traffic impacts during each stage.

All dates are subject to change


35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project Visualization

Watch this video to visualize the completed reconstruction of I-35W from 46th St. to I-94, including the construction of an On-line Transit Station located on I-35W at Lake St.