Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge

Mississippi River Crossing in downtown Minneapolis

The New I-35W Bridge

I-494 Ramp Closures

A visualization of the bridge (top) and a photo of the bridge
under construction (bottom)

The new I-35W Bridge opened to traffic on Sept. 18, 2008, more than three months early.


Bridge Features

  • 100-year life span
  • 10 lanes of traffic, five in each direction—two lanes wider than the former bridge
  • 189 feet wide—the previous bridge was 113 feet wide
  • 13 foot wide right shoulders and 14 foot wide left shoulders, the previous bridge had no shoulders
  • Light Rail Transport-ready which may help accommodate future transportation needs
  • Design-build project complete in 339 days.
  • Designed to be aesthetically pleasing and fit in with its environment
  • MnDOT and its partners met and exceeded DBE minority participation goals