Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 22, 2017

Additional traffic restrictions on I-94 in Minneapolis begin June 23; motorists should plan ahead and expect delays

ROSEVILLE, Minn. - Motorists traveling on I-94 between Nicollet Ave in Minneapolis and Shingle Creek Pkwy in Brooklyn Center will encounter additional traffic restrictions starting on Friday, June 23. Motorists traveling to Minneapolis should consider alternate routes.

There will be a weekend closure of eastbound I-94, between I-394 and I-35W, starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, June 23 through noon Sunday, June 25. The detour for the closure uses westbound I-394, southbound Highway 100 and eastbound Hwy 62. Westbound I-94 will remain open. The partial weekend closure is occurring during Pride Festival in Loring Park and festivalgoers should consider other routes and ways of traveling to/from the festival. During the partial highway closure, crews will be setting up the Lowry Tunnel restrictions that begin on Sunday, June 25.

From June 25 to August, all motorists on I-94 will travel on the eastbound side of the tunnel while crews work in and around the other side. Motorists will be restricted to two lanes in each direction through the tunnel. Reduced lane widths and speed limits will be in place. Trucks weighing more than 9,000 pounds will be restricted from traveling in the tunnel and should use the posted truck detour.

The tunnel restrictions are needed to allow crews to work efficiently and safely to repair the tunnel, nearby bridges and roads. Motorists will switch to the westbound side of the tunnel in mid-August; restrictions in the tunnel will continue through mid-September.

With the start of the tunnel restrictions on June 25, several highway ramps in Minneapolis will also close:

  • Northbound I-35W ramp to westbound I-94 (closes Saturday until mid-September)
  • 4th Ave South/16th Street ramp from downtown to westbound I-94 (closed until mid-September)
  • Hwy 55 entrance ramp to eastbound I-94 (closed for the weekend)
  • Westbound I-94 ramp to westbound I-394 (closed until mid-August)
  • Westbound I-94 exit ramp to Hwy 55 (closed until mid-August)

Traffic capacity on I-94 will continue to be reduced for much of the summer and fall. Motorists should prepare for delays and pay attention in work zones.

The $46.3 million maintenance and preservation project on I-94 includes work on 50 bridges and the Lowry Tunnel, resurfacing of the interstate and ramps and other safety improvements. Work is anticipated to be completed in mid-summer 2018.

Please plan ahead, know your route and check 511 and the project web site for updates: