Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 1, 2016

Franklin Ave Bridge over I-35W in Minneapolis scheduled to close Sept. 18

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — The Franklin Avenue bridge over I-35W in Minneapolis will close by 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, as crews prepare for bridge demolition and reconstruction. Motorists should follow the posted detours. Westbound traffic will use Portland Avenue to 26th Street to 3rd Avenue. Eastbound traffic will use Nicollet Avenue to 28th Street to Park Avenue.

Pedestrians and bicyclists should use the 24th Street pedestrian bridge to cross I-35W. The new bridge is expected to open in mid-2018.

This work will also require lane restrictions and full-weekend closures of I-35W in late September.

The bridge closure is part of the 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project, an ongoing reconstruction project on I-35W between 43rd Street and downtown Minneapolis. The project will improve accessibility, safety and mobility in the project area, including better access to the Lake Street business district and transit service on I-35W and Lake Street. Work is anticipated to be completed in fall 2021.

Please plan ahead, know your route and check 511 www.511mn.org
and the project web site for updates:  www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wminneapolis/