Minnesota Department of Transportation

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35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown

Minneapolis

Traffic impacts

35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Stage 1 project map.
35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Stage 1 project map.
Click map for larger PDF version.

Learn more about this project, including project staging, and how to move through the project area, including how to do the zipper merge.

Current

For a list of upcoming traffic impacts, see the Upcoming section.

Road closures

May 7 through mid-June
  • 4th Ave. is closed between 12th St. and 14th St.

Bridge closures

March 2 through early August
  • 38th St. bridge is closed over I-35W
    • EB Detour: Nicollet Ave. to 36th St. to 3rd Ave. S
    • WB Detour: 3rd Ave. S to 35th St. to Nicollet Ave.
    • Bicycle Detour: 1st Ave. S (NB)/Blaisdell Ave. (SB) to 40th St. pedestrian bridge to 3rd Ave. S
    • Pedestrian Detour: 1st Ave. S to 40th St. pedestrian bridge to 3rd Ave. S
    • View map for all 38th St. bridge detours (PDF)
Sept. 18, 2017 through summer 2018

Lane closures

April 13 through mid-June
  • The left lane on NB I-35W is closed from 26th St. into downtown Minneapolis

Ramp closures

10 p.m. Fri, May 18 through fall 2021
  • NB I-35W to WB I-94 will be closed
    • Detour: NB I-35W to WB I-694
    • Note: There are a number of reasons this ramp is closed through fall 2021:
      • This ramp is being fully reconstructed. Once complete, motorists will no longer merge on the right side of WB I-94; instead, motorists will merge on the left side and will have a dedicated lane through the Lowry Tunnel, helping to reduce congestion. The Lyndale Ave./Hennepin Ave. exit will still be accessible from WB I-94.
      • Prior to the reconstruction of the ramp, there are additional construction activities in the I-35W/I-94 junction that need to happen and will be in full swing starting in mid-June 2018. Highway lanes will be reduced and shifted at various times and construction of the new ramp piers would not allow traffic to be safely switched around.
May 7 through mid-June
April 23 to mid-June
March 2 through fall 2021
  • 36th St. to SB I-35W is closed


    Note
    : There are a number of reasons this ramp is closed through fall 2021:

      • During the 38th St. bridge reconstruction, there is not enough room for vehicles to safely merge from the ramp onto southbound I-35W
      • Once I-35W highway reconstruction work begins this summer, the number of southbound lanes will be reduced and shifted at various times while crews work for the three years after the 38th St. bridge reopens. This will make it difficult for vehicles entering from 36th St. to safely merge onto southbound I-35W.
Aug. 24, 2017 through fall 2021
Aug. 24, 2017 through 2018

Additional closures

Thu, May 17 to mid-August
  • Stevens Ave. between 38th St. and 39th St. is closed
March 2 to early August
  • Intersections of Stevens Ave. and Second Ave. S between 37th St. and 38th St. are closed

    Note: Residents will be able to access Stevens Ave. and 2nd Ave. S from 37th St. or 39th St. During the closure, two-way traffic on Stevens Ave. between 37th St. and 38th St. will be allowed.

Upcoming

Details about upcoming traffic impacts will be provided as they become available.

Road closures

10 p.m. Mon, May 21 to 5 a.m. Tue, May 22
  • Overnight closure of NB I-35W between I-94 and Hwy 62
    • Detour: WB I-94 to WB I-394 to SB Hwy 100 to EB Hwy 62
10 p.m. Tue, May 22 to 5 a.m. Wed, May 23
  • Overnight closure of SB I-35W between Hwy 62 and I-94
    • Detour: WB I-94 to WB I-394 to SB Hwy 100 to EB Hwy 62

Lane closures

Mid-June through fall 2018
  • WB I-94 from Portland Ave. to Stevens Ave. reduced to two lanes
Mid-June through fall 2021
  • NB I-35W from 43rd St. to downtown Minneapolis reduced to three lanes
    • Note: one northbound I-35W lane will be a MnPASS lane
Mid-June through fall 2021
  • SB I-35W from downtown Minneapolis to 43rd St. reduced to two lanes

Ramp closures

Note: Some of the ramp closures listed below are multi-year closures. This is needed to allow motorists to safely travel through the project area during the reconstruction of I-35W. The number of lanes will be reduced and shifted at various times which makes ramp access to/from I-35W difficult for vehicles.

Mid-June through fall 2018
  • Access to downtown from NB I-35W to 11th St/5th Ave. S/E. Grant St. will be closed
    • Detour: 3rd St. (exit 17C)
    • Note: When access into downtown reopens from NB I-35W, there will only be one northbound lane available to allow for ongoing construction in the area. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes or use transit to travel in/out of downtown.
    NB I-35W to 31st St. will be closed to traffic, but remain open to buses
    • Detour: 36th St. to 3rd Ave. 
Mid-June through fall 2020
  • SB I-35W to 35th St.
    • Detour: Continue on I-35W and take the 46th St. exit to Nicollet Ave.
Mid-June through fall 2021
  • Access out of downtown (from 12th St./4th Ave.) to SB I-35W will be closed
    • Detour: 3rd Ave. in downtown to 4th St.
    • Note: In fall 2018, access out of downtown to SB I-35W will reopen only to buses; it will remain closed for all other vehicles for the duration of the project. The long-term closure is needed to allow ongoing construction in the area and to maintain effective transit operations on the limited number of available lanes on southbound I-35W. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes or use transit to travel in/out of downtown.
  • 35th St to NB I-35W
    • Detour: Nicollet Ave. to E. Diamond Lake Rd.
  • 31st St. to SB I-35W will be closed to traffic, but remain open to buses
    • Detour: Nicollet Ave. to 46th St.

Bridge Closure

Early June through fall 2018
  • 26th St. bridge will close over I-35W
    • Traffic detour: Park Ave. to Franklin Ave. to 3rd Ave.
    • Pedestrian detour: 5th Ave. to 28th St. to 3rd Ave.
Early June through fall 2021
  • 24th St. pedestrian bridge will close over I-35W
    • Pedestrian detour: 5th Ave. to 28th St. to 3rd Ave.

About this project

35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown full project map
35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown full project map
Click map for larger PDF version.

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 schedule and staging

The 35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown project will be done in five stages. Learn more about the stages and anticipated schedule.

Video

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.

Do the Zipper Merge

Hwy 8 Drainange Improvements project area location map

Zipper Merge Logo.

Click for Zipper Merge Video.

When you encounter a construction zone where a lane will be closed, perform the zipper merge. A zipper merge occurs when motorists use both lanes of traffic until reaching the defined merge area, and then alternate in a "zipper" fashion into the open lane.