Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

I-35W North Corridor

Roseville, Blaine

About this Project

Summary of Work

The proposed project will construct an additional lane in each direction on I-35W between Hwy 36 in Roseville and Sunset Ave (Co Rd 53) in Blaine and reconstruct the existing infrastructure.

  • The project area length is 12 miles
  • Based on preliminary engineering completed to date, MnDOT is recommending that these additional lanes operate as MnPASS lanes
  • In addition to the MnPASS lanes, a long-term pavement fix to the mainline would significantly reduce future pavement repair costs and reduce traveler delays due to frequent smaller construction projects
  • A number of bridges will reach the end of their service life and are scheduled for replacement in the near future

Next steps

MnDOT will apply for a Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) grant to fund this project.

Study Completed

About the study

This study identified preferred managed lane concepts as well as improvement strategies at locations along the I-35W North corridor. The study investigated the type of managed lane systems, locations and designations of I-35W managed lanes and associated policies.

Study goals:

  • Utilize existing and future infrastructure investments better
  • Increase transit ridership and the use of high occupancy vehicles by providing travel time advantages
  • Provide a choice for commuters during the peak periods
  • Reduce congestion and improve safety along the corridor

Next steps

MnDOT will hire a consultant to assist in developing an Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA is the analysis of the preferred alternatives (the preferred concepts for managed lanes).The EA will build upon work completed by a previous I-35W Managed Lanes Study and will help determine whether the project can be funded and programmed for construction.

The EA will take place in the I-35W area between Hwy 36 in Roseville and Lexington Ave (Co Rd 17) in Blaine. The EA will begin in summer 2014 and will likely be complete in Jan. 2016.