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 closures

Oct. 6 through November
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 closures

Oct. 13 through late October; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
  • Both directions of I-35W around Franklin Ave.
  • Lane closure on the access road from NB I-35W to 5th Ave. S/E. Grant St. into downtown Minneapolis
Oct. 11 through late October; 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily
  • Lane closure on access road from S. 12th St/4th Ave. out of downtown Minneapolis to SB I-35W
Sept. 11 through early 2018
  • The NB I-35W MnPASS shoulder is closed just south of 26th St. into downtown Minneapolis

Ramp closures

Sept. 14 through early November
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.


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.