Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Dec. 9, 2016

New MnPASS Express Lanes on Interstate 35E open Dec. 9

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Construction on the new MnPASS Express Lanes on Interstate 35E between St. Paul and White Bear Lake is near completion and the lanes will open throughout the day Friday, December 9.

Because the expected snow fall in the Twin Cities Metro area could cause safety and mobility issues on I-35E, the new southbound MnPASS lane between County Road 96 and Little Canada Road and the new northbound MnPASS lane between County Road E and County Road J will be open to all motorists throughout the weekend.

On Monday, Dec. 12, during the morning and afternoon peak-travel times, the new lanes will be restricted to public transit, vehicles with two or more occupants and to solo motorists who have a MnPASS tag and an active MnPASS account. The peak-travel times for the southbound lane are Monday through Friday, 6 to 10 a.m. The northbound peak-travel times are Monday through Friday, 3 to 7 p.m.

Some of the MnPASS electrical equipment on I-35E will not be fully operational until the end of Dec. 2016 so solo motorists with a MnPASS tag and an active account will not be charged a fee to drive in the new MnPASS lanes north of Little Canada Road during peak-travel times. Additional state troopers will be enforcing the lanes until the MnPASS equipment is operational. Solo motorists who are driving in the MnPASS lanes during peak-travel times without a MnPASS tag are subject to a citation and a fine up to $200.

Solo motorists with a MnPASS tag will still be charged a fee to drive in the MnPASS lanes in both directions of I-35E between Cayuga Street and Little Canada Road during peak-travel times.

During peak-travel times the MnPASS lane designation through the I-35E/I-694 commons area, between county Road E and Little Canada Road, will change. Through I-35E/I-694:

  • The northbound MnPASS lane will be open to all motorists between Little Canada Road and County Road E. The lane will be restricted to transit, carpools and solo motorists with a MnPASS tag between County Road E and County Road J.
  • The existing inside lane in the southbound direction between County Road E and Little Canada Road will become a MnPASS lane Monday through Friday between 6 and 10 a.m.
  • A video explaining how to navigate the MnPASS lanes through the I-35E/I-694 commons area is available at www.mnpass.org.

To sign up for a MnPASS account or for more information, go to www.mnpass.org.

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