Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

I-35W Minnesota River Bridge

Bloomington, Burnsville

Traffic impacts

Note: The I-35W Minnesota River Bridge will remain open to three lanes of traffic (one MnPASS lane) during peak travel times in both directions for the duration of the project.

A map of the project area.

I-35W Minnesota River bridge project location map.

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Current

If you live near Minnesota River Bridge you may hear noise from saw-cutting as crews work to remove the barrier and load out rubble from the center median on both sides of the river.

Lane closures

February through Fri, March 29
  • 106th St. in both directions is reduced to a single-lane between Verdi Rd. and Lyndale Ave. S.
    • EB traffic will be shifted into the WB lanes to accommodate utility work.
Oct. 18, 2018 through summer 2021
  • SB I-35W reduced from four lanes to three between 106th St. and Cliff Rd.

Ramp closures

March 24 through fall 2019
  • The loop ramp from Black Dog Rd. to NB I-35W is closed due to river flooding and will remain closed through fall 2019 for construction work. Follow the detour using Black Dog Rd., SB I-35W, Hwy 13 and NB I-35W.
  • The ramp from NB I-35W to Black Dog Rd is closed due to river flooding and will remain closed through fall 2019 for construction work. Follow the detour using NB I-35W, 98th St, SB I-35W and Black Dog Rd.
Oct. 18, 2018 through summer 2021
  • The ramp from 106th St. to SB I-35W is closed. Follow detour using NB I-35W, 98th St., to access SB I-35W.

Trail/sidewalk closures

February through Fri, March 29
  • The sidewalks on 106th St. between Verdi Rd. and Lyndale Ave. S. may be fully or partially closed for utility work. Please follow the posted detour during any closures.
Mon. through Fri.; 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
  • Minnesota River Bottoms Trails west of the I-35W River Bridge in the construction area is closed (Saturdays will be make up-days in case of rain).

Upcoming

Ramp closures

Mon, April 1 through fall 2019
  • The ramp from NB I-35W to 106th St. is closed. Follow the detour using NB I-35W, 98th St., SB I-35W and 106th St.
  • The loop ramp from Black Dog Rd. to NB I-35W is closed due to river flooding and will remain closed through fall 2019 for construction work. Follow the detour using Black Dog Rd., SB I-35W, Hwy 13 and NB I-35W.

About this project

MnDOT in partnership with Dakota County, Hennepin County, City of Bloomington and the City of Burnsville are developing a project to replace the bridge and pavement on I-35W between Cliff Rd. and 106th St. Raise I-35W out of the floodplain and improve pedestrian access across the river.

Summary of work

  • Reconstruct I-35W Bridge spanning the Minnesota River
  • Reconstruct I-35W bridge spanning 106th St.
  • Replace pavement from Cliff Rd. to 106th St.
  • Construct NB auxiliary/truck lane between Cliff Rd. and 106th St.
  • Construct Trail between Black Dog Rd. and Lyndale Ave.
  • Improve signing, lighting and drainage

Completed

  • Preliminary design: December 2017
  • Municipal consent hearings: November 2017

STEM program

MnDOT recognizes the need to develop a diverse and talented workforce to fulfill our vision of creating a safe, efficient and sustainable transportation system for the future. 

MnDOT partnered with other organizations to create an interactive program to integrate bridge architecture, design and engineering into a school curriculum.