Minnesota Department of Transportation

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I-35W and Lake Street


Orange barrels on a highway

Pilot project program

The I-35W Lake St. reconstruction project is the second part of a pilot project aimed at increasing DBE/small business participation and building a more diverse workforce. MnDOT is teaming up with the Workforce Collaborative and other community partners to assist in this effort. The Workforce Collaborative is made up of a diverse group of community advisors, neighborhood leaders, small business owners, educators, trade unions and contractors. MnDOT understands that diversity on construction projects is important, and MnDOT recognizes the need for improved performance in this area. MnDOT’s objective is to have their construction crews become more reflective of the citizens in the nearby communities being impacted by construction.

The timeframe of the I-35W Lake Street project schedule provides the opportunity to promote, offer training and engage the target groups. Click on the appropriate link below to learn more about training, workforce and contracting opportunities.

Construction career training information

Workforce opportunities

DBE contracting opportunities


We recognize that construction projects impact your business. We want the I-35W and Lake St. in Minneapolis area business community to stay informed before, during and after this project. This page is your one-stop resource page throughout construction. We will continue to add information, so please check back as we draw closer to construction. 

Tools for businesses during construction

The following are tools to assist you as you communicate with your customers, employees, suppliers and vendors. If you have additional questions do not hesitate to contact us.

Project Button

Embed this linkable image onto your website or Intranet for employees and customers seeking information about a construction project:

Business Guidebook

We developed our Business Guidebook (PDF) to help you navigate the construction season. Inside you will find tips collected from MnDOT and examples from other businesses. Download your copy today and learn how to survive a community construction project.