Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown


Traffic impacts

Project map of I-35W in Minneapolis.
35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Stage 1 project work map. Click map for larger PDF version.

Work will occur in five stages. Specific closure information will be posted when it is finalized.

To learn more about this project, see Summary of Work.


Late August through April 2018

  • Stage 1 project work will occur. Specific details will be provided below as they are available.

Bridge closures

Mon, Sept. 18 through summer 2018
  • The Franklin Ave. bridge over I-35W will be closed
    • WB Franklin Ave. Detour: Portland Ave. to 26th St. to 3rd Ave.
    • EB Franklin Ave. Detour: Nicollet Ave. to 28th St. to Park Ave.
    • Pedestrian Detour: Use 24th St. pedestrian bridge
    • View map for all Franklin Ave detours (PDF)

Lane closures

  • Periodic lane closures in both directions of I-35W at 40th St. for Xcel Energy project work
Sept. 11 through early 2018
  • The MnPASS northbound shoulder into downtown Minneapolis (starting around 24th St) is closed

Ramp closures

Mon, Sept. 18 through late September
  • SB I-35W to 35th St. will be closed
Thu, Sept. 14 through early October
Sept. 11 through late 2017
  • Access to SB I-35W from S 12th St/Hwy 65 in downtown Minneapolis will be reduced to two lanes
Aug. 24 through fall 2021
Aug. 24 through 2018


Bridge closures

Early October through summer 2018
  • The Portland Ave. bridge over I-94 will be closed

Road closures

10 p.m. Fri, Sept. 29 to 5 a.m. Mon, Oct. 2
  • Both directions of I-35W between Hwy 62 and I-94 will be closed
Friday Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. through Monday, Oct. 9 at 5 a.m.
  • Both directions of I-35W between Hwy 62 and I-94 will be closed

Project staging

About this project

Project map of I-35W in Minneapolis.
Click map for larger PDF version.

Summary of work

Work on 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown will include (see staging maps):

  • Converting NB I-35W Priced Dynamic Shoulder Lane between 46th St. and 26th St. to a permanent MnPASS Lane
  • Constructing a new MnPASS lane on SB I-35W from 26th St. to 46th St.
  • Constructing Orange Line Bus Rapid Transit Station at Lake St.
  • Improving access from I-35W to the Lake Street Business District by constructing two new exit ramps (NB I-35W to 28th St. and SB I-35W to Lake St.
  • Upgrading accessibility by improving pedestrian accommodations with pedestrian curb ramps and sidewalk upgrades.
  • Rehabilitating pavement and bridges on I-35W from 46th St. to 11th Ave., Hwy 65 from 26th St. to 15th St., and I-94 from Nicollet Ave. to Park Ave.
  • Constructing new and rehabilitating existing noise barriers throughout the project limits.


35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project Visualization

Watch this video to visualize the completed reconstruction of I-35W from 46th St. to I-94, including the construction of an On-line Transit Station located on I-35W at Lake St.