Minnesota Department of Transportation

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I-35W and Hwy 62 Gateways

Minneapolis, Richfield

About this project

I-35W and Hwy 62 aesthetic design project area
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Summary of work

The purpose of this project is to create artistic landscape elements that showcase the unique characteristics of the neighborhood connections along I-35W and Highway 62 in the cities of Minneapolis and Richfield.

Community involvement

The success of the Gateway Project requires considerable input from the community. The Minnesota Department of Transportation will meet with representatives from Minneapolis and Richfield neighborhoods, city council members and city staff to design an array of cultural and aesthetic elements that are exclusive to neighborhoods at the proposed crossings.

Proposed crossings

  • Penn Avenue and Highway 62
  • County Road 121 and Highway 62
  • 66th Street and I-35W
  • Lyndale and Highway 62 (main crossing in Richfield)
  • Nicollet Avenue and Highway 62  
  • Portland Avenue and Highway 62
  • 60th Street and I-35W
  • Diamond Lake Road and I-35W
  • Minnehaha Parkway and I-35W
  • 50th Street and I-35W
  • 46th Street and I-35W
  • 42nd Street and I-35W

Background

The Gateway Project stemmed from an I-35W/Highway 62 construction project that was completed in 2010. The project required removing trees and plant materials to allow the construction of new bridges, walls and frontage roads. When roadway construction impacts the landscape, to the extent feasible, attempts are made to restore the disturbed areas.

Cost

  • $500,000