This project is a collaborative effort of Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The purpose of the project is to relieve congestion on Washington Avenue, improve access to northbound I-35W from downtown Minneapolis, reduce the traffic that diverts through Northeast Minneapolis to access northbound I-35W, and to improve access to northbound I-35W. The project will be completed using the design-build process, which allows the contractor to design and work on the project concurrently, allowing for more flexibility.
Summary of work
Build a new ramp from 4th Street South to northbound I-35W
Construct an auxiliary lane from University Avenue to the Johnson Street exit
Reconfigure Johnson Street exit to serve Johnson Street, New Brighton Boulevard and Stinson Boulevard
Erect a noise wall on the west side of I-35W between Broadway Street Northeast and Johnson Street Northeast
Mid-April through late May 2015
Crews will finish concrete paving and construction of the median barrier between Fourth Street Southeast and the Hennepin Avenue exit.
Crews will restripe northbound I-35W between Fourth Street Southeast and the Johnson Street exit.
Northbound I-35W between Fourth Street Southeast and the Johnson Street exit will then open to its final traffic configuration of three through lanes and the new auxiliary lane.