Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Oct. 23, 2018

Two Hwy 55 ramps in Minneapolis closing Oct. 24

Closures needed for safety fence installation near Franklin/Hiawatha homeless encampment

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Motorists traveling eastbound on Interstate 94 near downtown Minneapolis will be unable to access southbound Hwy 55/Hiawatha Avenue for several hours between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24.

In addition to closing the eastbound I-94 ramp to southbound Hwy 55, crews will close the southbound Hwy 55 exit ramp to Cedar Avenue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24. The closures are needed while crews install a safety fence along the southbound Highway 55 exit ramp to Cedar Avenue.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is installing the safety fence to protect those living in the Franklin/Hiawatha encampment from potential snow and debris that might kick up from the road during plowing operations. The chain-link safety fence will sit atop a concrete barrier and remain in place until the temporary navigation center is operational for those experiencing homelessness.

Motorists are advised to plan ahead, use alternate routes and be aware that the eastbound I-94 ramp to southbound I-35W will not be available as it remains closed for the multiyear 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project. Traffic is currently being detoured via I-394, southbound Highway 100 and eastbound Highway 62.

Please plan ahead, know your route and check 511 for updates: www.511mn.org