Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

April 30, 2019

Interstate 35 traffic switch in Lino Lakes/Columbus rescheduled for May 2

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — The Interstate 35 traffic switch between the I-35W/I-35E split and Highway 97 in Lino Lakes and Columbus, originally planned to be completed by Monday, April 29, has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 2.

Beginning at 2 p.m. May 2, motorists traveling on northbound I-35E will encounter a new traffic lane configuration. The left lane of northbound I-35E will be shifted to the southbound side of the freeway, south of the I-35W/I-35E split. Motorists exiting to Highway 97 will need to stay in the right lane as they approach the construction zone. The lane shift will remain in place for several months, as crews resurface the inside lanes of northbound I-35.

Motorists will continue to encounter off-peak lane closures on I-35 between the I-35W/I-35W split and Highway 8 as needed this spring and summer, as crews resurface the freeway and construct the new Highway 97 and Highway 8 bridges over I-35. Northbound I-35 may have lane closures from midnight to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to midnight, and southbound I-35 may have lane closures from midnight to 5 a.m. and from 8 a.m. to midnight.

There will also be off-peak lane closures on I-35W and I-35E, just south of the split. Northbound I-35E may have lane closures from midnight to 2 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to midnight, and southbound I-35W/I-35E may have lane closures from midnight to 5 a.m. and from 8 a.m. to midnight.

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 Highway 8; replacing the Highway 97 bridge with a diverging diamond interchange;  replacing the northbound I-35W bridge over I-35E and the westbound Highway 8 bridge over I-35. The project will provide a better ride quality, as well as improve safety and traffic flow at the Highway 97 interchange. Additional information is available at mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35northmetrosplit.

There are several projects along the I-35 corridor this year. Please plan ahead, know your route and check the project website and 511 for updates: 511mn.org.