Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

I-35 North Metro Split

Lino Lakes, Columbus, Forest Lake

Traffic impacts

Note: All traffic impacts are weather dependent and subject to change.

project location map

I-35 North Metro Split project location map.

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Current

Lane closures

Mon, April 16 through Thu, April 19; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
  • Lane closures on SB I-35, just north of Hwy 8

Upcoming

Lane closures

Late April
  • Periodic lane closures and traffic shifts in both directions of I-35 between Hwy 97 and Hwy 8
    • Note: There will not be any lane closures on SB I-35 between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m., and on NB I-35 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Late April to early August
  • NB I-35 will be reduced to two lanes between Hwy 97 and Hwy 8
    • Note: Ramps at Hwy 97 and Broadway Ave. will remain open
    • SB I-35 will remain open to three lanes.
Early August through fall 2018
  • SB I-35 will be reduced to two lanes between Hwy 8 and Hwy 97
    • Note: Ramps at Hwy 97 and Broadway Ave. will remain open

Ramp closures

May 2018
  • The ramp to Hwy 8 will close for approximately two weeks

Future

Spring 2019 through summer 2019

  • Long-term I-35 lane closures will occur between the I-35W/I-35E split and Hwy 97
  • I-35W and I-35E may be reduced to a single lane at times, just south of the split
  • The NB I-35 ramps to and from Hwy 97 will close for approximately one month

Summer 2019 through fall 2019

  • Long-term I-35 lane closures will continue between the I-35W/I-35E split and Hwy 97
  • I-35W and I-35E may continue to be reduced to a single lane at times, just south of the split
  • The SB I-35 ramps to and from Hwy 97 will close for approximately one month

About this project

Six miles of I-35 from just south of the I-35 split to a half mile north of Hwy 8 at the Chisago/Washington county line will be resurfaced. Road resurfacing helps to preserve and extend the use of the pavement. The work will also include replacing three bridges.

Summary of work

  • Resurface existing pavement
  • Replace the Hwy 97 bridge over I-35 with a diverging diamond interchange for better traffic flow and improved safety
  • Update crosswalks at Hwy 97 to meet modern accessibility standards
  • Replace the flyover ramp from WB Hwy 8 to SB I-35 with a loop ramp
  • Drainage improvements

Schedule

Project staging
Fall 2017
  • Site preparation, including adding temporary pavement and removing trees and bushes in the construction zone
2018
  • Resurface I-35 from Hwy 97 to Hwy 8
  • Construct the north half of new Hwy 97 bridge over I-35
  • Embankment work and general site preparation for the new Hwy 8 bridge/ramp
  • Construct the new I-35W bridge over I-35E (bridge will open to traffic in 2019)
2019
  • Resurface I-35 from the I-35W/I-35E split to Hwy 97
  • Resurface I-35W just south of the split
  • Construct the new Hwy 8 ramp/bridge over I-35
  • Resurface I-35E just south of the split
  • Construct the south half of new Hwy 97 bridge over I-35 and reconstruct all ramps at the interchange