Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown

Minneapolis

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.

Current

Late August through April 2018

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

Bridge closures

Sept. 18 through summer 2018
  • The Franklin Ave. bridge over I-35W is 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

Sept. 11 through early 2018
  • The NB I-35W MnPASS shoulder is closed just south of 26th St. into downtown Minneapolis

Ramp closures

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

Upcoming

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

Lane closures

Mon, Sept. 25 through late September
  • Periodic lane closures in both directions of I-35W at 40th St. for Xcel Energy project work
  • The right lane of NB I-35W will be closed between 42nd St. and 39th St. for utility work

Ramp closures

Fri, Sept. 22 through late September
  • SB I-35W to 35th St. will be closed
    • Detour: 46th St. to Nicollet Ave. to 35th St. (PDF)

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.

Video

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.