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35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown


Traffic impacts

35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Stage 1 project map.
35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Stage 1 project map.
Click map for larger PDF version.

Learn more about this project, including See Project staging and how to do the zipper merge when travelling through this project area.


For a list of upcoming traffic impacts, see the Upcoming section.

Road closures

10 p.m. Thu, April 19 to Fri, April 20

Bridge closures

March 2 through early August
  • 38th St. bridge is closed over I-35W
    • EB detour: Nicollet Ave. to 36th St. to 3rd Ave. S
    • WB detour: 3rd Ave. S to 35th St. to Nicollet Ave.
    • Bicycle Detour: 1st Ave. S (NB)/Blaisdell Ave. (SB) to 40th St. pedestrian bridge to 3rd Ave. S
    • Pedestrian detour: 1st Ave. S to 40th St. pedestrian bridge to 3rd Ave. S
    • View map for all 38th St. bridge detours (PDF)
Sept. 18, 2017 through summer 2018

Lane closures

April 13 through mid-June
  • The left lane on NB I-35W is closed from 26th St. into downtown Minneapolis

Ramp closures

March 2 through fall 2021
  • 36th St. to SB I-35W is closed

    : There are a number of reasons this ramp is closed through fall 2021:

      • During the 38th St. bridge reconstruction, there is not enough room for vehicles to safely merge from the ramp onto southbound I-35W
      • Once I-35W highway reconstruction work begins this summer, the number of southbound lanes will be reduced and shifted at various times while crews work for the three years after the 38th St. bridge reopens. This will make it difficult for vehicles entering from 36th St. to safely merge onto southbound I-35W.
Aug. 24, 2017 through fall 2021
Aug. 24, 2017 through 2018

Additional closures

March 2 to early August
  • Intersections of Stevens Ave. and Second Ave. S between 37th St. and 38th St. are closed

    Note: Residents will be able to access Stevens Ave. and 2nd Ave. S from 37th St. or 39th St. During the closure, two-way traffic on Stevens Ave. between 37th St. and 38th St. will be allowed.


Details about upcoming traffic impacts will be provided as they become available.

Road closures

10 p.m. Fri, April 27 to 5 a.m. Mon, April 30
  • Park Ave. will be closed from Lake St. to 18th St.
    • Detour: Chicago Ave.
10 p.m. Fri, May 4 to 5 a.m. Mon, May 7
  • Portland Ave. will be closed from 18th St. to Lake St.
    • Detour: Chicago Ave.
    • Note: There will be no parking in place. Expect some construction noise throughout the daytime and nighttime.

Ramp closures

12:01 a.m. Mon, April 23 to mid-June

About this project

35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown full project map
35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown full project map
Click map for larger PDF version.

Summary of work

Work on 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown will include:

  • 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.

Project schedule and staging

The 35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown project will be done in five stages.

Maps of project stages and anticipated traffic impacts:

*All dates are subject to change


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.

Do the Zipper Merge

Hwy 8 Drainange Improvements project area location map

Zipper Merge Logo.

Click for Zipper Merge Video.

When you encounter a construction zone where a lane will be closed, perform the zipper merge. A zipper merge occurs when motorists use both lanes of traffic until reaching the defined merge area, and then alternate in a "zipper" fashion into the open lane.