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.


Bridge closures

  • The Portland Ave. bridge over I-94 will be closed
  • The Franklin Ave. bridge over I-35W will be closed

Ramp closures

Thu, Aug. 24 through fall 2021
  • 5th Ave S to NB I-35W will be closed
Thu, Aug. 24 through 2018
  • 5th Ave S to EB I-94 will be closed

Late August through April 2018


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.