Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge

Mississippi River Crossing in downtown Minneapolis

Bridge lighting

I-35W bridge lit up with orange light

I-35W Bridge is lit orange in recognition of Worker's Memorial Day on April 27-28

The I-35W bridge is lit on special occasions and in recognition of special events, including in honor of Worker's Memorial Day (April 27-28).

Aesthetic lighting replacement project

Oct. 9 to Dec. 15, 2017

The aesthetic lighting on the I-35W bridge will be turned off, including regularly scheduled special occasions.

Expected closures

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, Friday, Nov. 17 and Monday, Nov. 20
  • Right lane of northbound I-35W closed
  • Ramp from Washington Ave to northbound I-35W closed. Detour is 10th Ave to Fourth St.
7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18
  • Right lane of northbound I-35W closed
  • Ramp from Washington Ave to I-35W closed
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 and Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • Right lane of southbound I-35W closed
Ongoing
  • Single lane closures on northbound I-35W from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily
  • Single lane closures on southbound I-35W from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily
  • Possible nighttime ramp closures from University Ave to southbound I-35W and Washington Ave to northbound I-35W

Lighting requests

MnDOT receives dozens of requests each year from organizations asking to light the I-35W bridge a specific color for a particular event.

How do I apply for a special lighting of the I-35W bridge for an event?

What do I include in the application letter?

  • The name of your organization, address, phone number and email address. This should include your own contact information as well.
  • A description of the event you would like to recognize.
  • The date of the event.
  • The specific color you would like the bridge to be lit; preferably the official RGB color scheme.
  • A copy of the resolution adopted by the city endorsing the event.

When do I send in the application letter?

How do I know if my application has been approved?

  • MnDOT‘s Metro District Engineer will review your application. You will be then be notified by MnDOT staff within 10 days of your submittal if the application has been approved or denied.
  • An application that meets all of the requirements listed above will be granted depending on the lighting schedule. If another organization already has a lighting scheduled for the day of your requested event, your application will be denied.
  • Approved requests will be granted for a maximum of one night. The lighting will take place 30 minutes before sunset and end 30 minutes after sunrise. Only one approved application will be granted per requester annually.