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News Release

July 12, 2010



Minnesota Department of Transportation
Metro District
Office of Communications
1500 County Rd B2 West
Roseville, MN 55113

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Chicago Avenue Bridge project begins July 12

Both I-94 and I-35W closing July 16-19



ROSEVILLE, Minn. –The Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin the Chicago Ave. Bridge rehabilitation project in Minneapolis on Monday, July 12.


The bridge itself will close at 9 a.m. on July 12. Chicago Ave. has been under construction as part of a city of Minneapolis project, and motorists should continue to detour to Park Ave. to cross I-94.


In addition, both directions of I-94 and I-35W will close at 10 p.m. Friday, July 16 as crews remove the deck of the Chicago Ave. Bridge.


During the weekend-long closure of the two freeways, motorists will be directed to the following posted detours:


Northbound I-35W will close at the “Downtown Exits.” All northbound traffic will be routed to westbound I-94 (part of the posted detour). Southbound I-35W will be closed at Highway 55/Hiawatha Ave.


Access to downtown Minneapolis from southbound I-35W will be available at 4th St./University Ave. and Washington Ave. Access to downtown Minneapolis from northbound I-35W will be available at the downtown exits.


Westbound I-94 will close at Hwy 280, and eastbound I-94 will close at the ramp to southbound I-35W (part of the posted detour).


Access to downtown Minneapolis from eastbound I-94 will be available at the Hwy 55/Olson Highway exit and the Hennepin-Lyndale Ave. exit.


Access to downtown Minneapolis from westbound I-94 will be available at the Cedar Ave. exit.


Both freeways will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, July 19.


Overnight lane closures on I-94 and I-35W at Chicago Avenue will occur intermittently as needed until the project is completed in late September.


This project will include re-decking the bridge to create a smoother surface for motorists and enhance the lifespan of the bridge. Other work includes signing and lighting improvements and accessibility upgrades for pedestrians.


To view a map detailing the detours and available access this weekend, as well as to get more information about the bridge rehabilitation projects occurring in Minneapolis and the other projects on I-94 in the Metro area this year, please visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i94bridges/index.html.


For real-time traveler information anywhere in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org.




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