Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

I-35W / Fourth Street ramp construction


Traffic impacts

I-35W and Fourth Street project map
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Lane and ramp closures

Information is subject to change due to weather and project readiness.


  • Northbound I-35W between University Avenue and Johnson Street will have periodic lane closures through Oct. 19.
  • Northbound I-35W between Washington Avenue and Hennepin Avenue will have periodic lane closures.
  • The three lanes of northbound I-35W between University Ave Northeast and the Johnson Street exit will remain open for the majority of the project, but will shift.
  • The New Brighton Boulevard/Stinson Boulevard exit from northbound I-35W is closed. Motorists should use the Johnson Street exit. The New Brighton Boulevard/Stinson Boulevard exit will be closed permanently as crews reconfigure the Johnson Street ramp to serve Johnson Street, New Brighton Boulevard and Stinson Boulevard.
  • Southbound I-35W impacts will be limited to shoulder closures and nighttime lane closures.
  • 4th Street South between the southbound I-35W/eastbound Hwy 55 entrance ramp and Washington Avenue will be closed through early November.

Detour: Northbound Park Avenue, eastbound Washington and southbound Cedar Avenue.

View detour map (PDF, 71 KB, 1 page)

  • 3rd Street South will be reduced to one lane through early November.
  • Northbound I-35W traffic is shifted to the newly constructed outside areas to maximize the available working area on the inside.

Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The left lane of southbound Hwy 55 between I-94 and Franklin Avenue will be closed.

Oct. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The right lane of northbound Hwy 55 between Franklin Avenue and I-94 will be closed.



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


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