Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

I-35E Corridor Projects

Downtown St. Paul (I-94) to Little Canada (I-694)

Cayuga project

Current traffic impact information

Anticipated schedule and staging

2014 Construction

  • Complete the bridge connection between Cayuga Street and Westminster Street
  • Complete the ramp from northbound I-35E to Cayuga Street
  • Reconstruct northbound I-35E between University Avenue and Cayuga Street (lane shifts anticipated)
  • Reconstruct the median of I-35E (lane shifts and short-term lane closures anticipated)
  • Reconstruct Mississippi Street near Phalen Blvd and L’Orient Street near Arch Street
  • Begin Phalen Blvd reconstruction work (long-term lane restrictions and height restrictions at the I-35E bridges spanning Phalen Blvd anticipated)

     

2015 Construction

  • Reconstruct southbound I-35E between Maryland Avenue and University Avenue (lane shifts and short-term lane closures anticipated)
  • Permanently close the southbound I-35E ramp to Pennsylvania Avenue (the ramp from Maryland Avenue to southbound I-35E will remain open, as well as a ramp from southbound I-35E to University Avenue)
  • Close the ramp from southbound I-35E to eastbound I-94 for approximately two months during reconstruction work
  • Complete reconstruction and paving for all local roadways in the project area, including Cayuga Street, Pennsylvania Avenue and Phalen Blvd
  • Complete overall I-35E construction and open new MnPASS lanes (late 2015)

Background

I-35E Cayuga improvement project location map
I-35E Cayuga improvement project location
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The Cayuga project is located on I-35E between University Avenue and Maryland Avenue in St. Paul and includes:

  • Replacement of the Cayuga Street bridge, Pennsylvania Avenue bridge and railroad bridges along I-35E
  • Replacement of the existing Pennsylvania Avenue/I-35E interchange with a new interchange at Cayuga Street to help correct existing safety and operational issues and provide better freeway access
  • Reconstruct I-35E along a new alignment between Maryland Avenue and University Avenue
  • Add an auxiliary lane in each direction for additional capacity, along with improved roadway layout

Work completed in 2013

  • Reconstructed northbound I-35E between Cayuga Street and Maryland Avenue
  • Reconstructed the ramp from northbound I-35E to Maryland Avenue and the ramp from Maryland Avenue to southbound I-35E
  • Completed one of the new Cayuga Street interchange bridges on the east side of I-35E and the new ramp from Cayuga Street to northbound I-35E
  • Reconstructed Mississippi Street between Case Avenue and Jessamine Avenue and York Avenue/Terrace Court
  • Completed some utility relocation work and tree removal in various project area

Benefits

  • Replaces bridges currently on the state’s Chapter 152 list (PDF, 28 pages) for bridge replacement
  • Provides geometric improvements for the interchanges and I-35E, which will provide safety and operation improvements for this section of the corridor
  • Provides better interchange spacing between Maryland Avenue and University Avenue by shifting the interchange from Pennsylvania Avenue to Cayuga Street
  • Provides improved access for St. Paul’s Phalen Boulevard

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