Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 20, 2018

Ramps to westbound I-94, Whitney pedestrian bridge in Minneapolis close April 23

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation resumes work on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis on Monday, April 23 with closures that will affect motorists, walkers and bicyclists.

Two highway ramps to westbound I-94 in Minneapolis are scheduled to close at 12:01 a.m., Monday - the ramp from eastbound I-394 to westbound I-94, and the ramp from northbound Lyndale Avenue South to westbound I-94. The ramps are expected to be closed about two months.
The Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge, the pedestrian bridge over I-94 between the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Loring Park, also closes for repairs April 23.

In addition, starting April 24, motorists should expect some day and nighttime lane closures on I-94 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and off-peak lane closures on Hennepin/Lyndale Avenue while crews complete bridge repairs.

Painting the bridge will require three weekend closures in May of I-94 from I-35W to I-394 and of Hennepin and Lyndale avenues. Restoring the bridge’s wooden deck could continue into August.

MnDOT has set detours for all closures:

  • For the I-394 east ramp to westbound I-94, motorists can take northbound Highway 100, before the I-394/I-94 junction, to eastbound Highway 55, to northbound Lyndale Avenue and then to the westbound I-94 entrance ramp. Access from eastbound I-394 to eastbound I-94 remains open.
  • For the northbound Lyndale Avenue South ramp to westbound I-94 closure, continue north onto Lyndale Avenue North and use the westbound I-94 entrance ramp just north of Seventh Street. Access from Lyndale Avenue South to westbound I-394 remains open.

I-94 Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center is a maintenance and restoration project for a nine-mile stretch of I-94 between Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis and Shingle Creek Parkway in Brooklyn

In 2017, MnDOT resurfaced nine miles of freeway and repaired almost 50 bridges and the Lowry Tunnel. 2018 is the second and final year of the project. Please plan ahead, know your route and check 511 and the project web site for updates: