Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 13, 2018

Interstate 35 traffic switch and long-term lane closures expected to begin April 16

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Beginning on April 16, motorists traveling along Interstate 35 between Hwy 97 and Hwy 8 in Columbus and Forest Lake will encounter lane closures and traffic shifts as crews prepare for resurfacing activities, weather permitting.

The following lane restrictions are currently anticipated:

  • April 16 through April 19: Daily lane closures between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on southbound I-35, just north of Highway 8
  • Starting April 17: Periodic lane closures and traffic shifts for approximately one week in both directions of I-35 between Highway 8 and Highway 97. There will be no lane closures on southbound I-35 between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m., and on northbound I-35 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

After these preparation activities, starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 23 or Tuesday, April 24, the long-term lane closure on northbound I-35 will be in place. Northbound I-35 will be restricted to two lanes for approximately four months as crews resurface the northbound lanes. Southbound I-35 will continue to have three lanes available. Traffic will be switched again to allow crews to resurface the southbound lanes in early August.

Traffic delays and backups are expected throughout the course of the two-year project. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time to reach their destinations.

The work is part of the I-35 North Metro Split project, which includes resurfacing the existing pavement from the I-35W/I-35E split to Hwy 8; replacing the Hwy 97 bridge with a diverging diamond interchange; replacing the northbound I-35W bridge over I-35E and the westbound Hwy 8 bridge over I-35. The project will provide a better ride quality, as well as improve safety and traffic flow at the Hwy 97 interchange. Additional information is available at www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35northmetrosplit.

Major construction for the project is expected to take place in 2018 and 2019. Motorists should anticipate long-term lane closures during each year of construction. Check 511 for real-time traffic updates: