Minnesota Department of Transportation

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I-35 North Metro Split   

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Traffic impacts

I-35 North Metro Split project area location map

I-35 North Metro Split project location map

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

Current

Road closures

7 p.m. Fri, Nov. 16 through 5 a.m. Mon, Nov. 19
  • Hwy 97 is closed at I-35 for bridge removal
  • Both directions of I-35, just north and south of the Hwy 97 bridge, will be reduced to a single lane
    • Traffic will be diverted around the work zone by using the exit/entrance ramps at Hwy 97
    • SB I-35 traffic will be diverted to the ramps through 10 a.m. Sun, Nov. 18
    • NB I-35 traffic will be diverted to the ramps
    • There will be no access to/from I-35 at Hwy 97. Posted detours will direct you to the Broadway Ave. interchange to get on/off I-35 or to cross over I-35

Lane closures

Wed, Aug. 15 through fall
  • SB I-35 will be reduced to two lanes between Hwy 8 and Hwy 97
    • Notes:
      • Ramps at Hwy 97 and Broadway Ave. will remain open
      • NB I-35 is open to three lanes

Rest Area closure

7 a.m. Wed, Aug. 15 through December 2018
  • The Forest Lake rest area from SB I-35 is closed.
    • The two closest rest areas for southbound I-35 travelers are the General Andrews Rest Area, 77 miles to the north, or the New Market rest area, 58 miles to the south.

Upcoming

Details on upcoming traffic impacts will be provided as they become available.

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 ramps from Hwy 97 to SB I-35 will close for approximately one month
  • The ramp from SB I-35 to Hwy 97 will remain open

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
  • Replace the WB Hwy 8 bridge over I-35
  • Replace the NB I-35W bridge over SB I-35E
  • 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

Do the Zipper Merge

Hwy 8 Drainange Improvements project area location map

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When you encounter a construction zone where a lane will be closed, perform the zipper merge. A zipper merge occurs when motorists use both lanes of traffic until reaching the defined merge area, and then alternate in a "zipper" fashion into the open lane.