Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

I-35E Corridor Projects

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

MnPASS project
I-494 Ramp Closures
Map of Cayuga MnPASS expansion project

Anticipated schedule and staging

2014 Construction

  • Replaced the Arlington Avenue and Wheelock Parkway bridges spanning I-35E (approximately late February – May)
  • Replace the Larpenteur Avenue Bridge spanning I-35E (approximately June – July)
  • Removed the Gateway Trail bridge spanning I-35E (late spring/early summer)
  • Shift all I-35E traffic to the southbound lanes and resurface northbound I-35E lanes and ramps (approximately June – October)

2015 Construction

  • Shift all I-35E traffic to the new northbound lanes and resurface southbound I-35E lanes and ramps (approximately April – August)
  • Widen Hwy 36 at I-35E (approximately June – July)
  • Construct new median barrier and test MnPASS electronics along I-35E (approximately August – November)
  • Open new MnPASS lanes (late 2015)

Read more about the anticipated schedule and traffic impacts.

Background

MnDOT is adding new MnPASS Express Lanes on both directions of I-35E between Cayuga Street and Little Canada Road. This will be the first MnPASS investment in the East Metro area and an essential link for people commuting between downtown St. Paul and the suburbs to the north. The MnPASS project will also include:

  • Long-term pavement improvements between Little Canada Road and Maryland Avenue
  • Replacing the Arlington, Wheelock and Larpenteur bridges
  • Replacing the I-35E bridge spanning Roselawn Avenue, County Road B and Hwy 36

MnDOT is currently also studying potential alternatives for extending MnPASS on I-35E in the future, from Little Canada Road to County Road 96. Read more about the I-35E MnPASS Extension Study.

This segment of I-35E also is part of the Better Roads program, which aims to significantly improve state highway pavement condition, including MnPASS expansion and shoulder hardening for transit. Better Roads also increases safety and ADA accessibility while improving infrastructure such as drainage facilities and exploring innovative engineering and delivery techniques in order to get the most for the

Benefits

  • MnPASS Express Lanes offer faster, more reliable travel options and can move 50 percent more people than regular lanes during congested rush hour conditions
  • Transit riders and car poolers (two or more people) get an advantage during rush hours because they can use the congestion-free MnPASS lanes free of charge
  • Solo motorists with a MnPASS transponder can choose to use the lanes during rush hours by paying a fee that averages about $1.25
  • Lanes adjacent to the MnPASS lanes remain general purpose lanes, open and free to all vehicles and less congested because of MnPASS

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