Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 24, 2018

Northbound I-35 ramp to eastbound Hwy 8 in Forest Lake closes Tuesday, May 29

Ramp will remain closed for about 10 days

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Beginning at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, the ramp from northbound Interstate 35 to eastbound Highway 8 in Forest Lake will close for approximately 10 days. This closure is needed to allow crews to pave I-35 and a portion of the eastbound Highway 8 ramp.

During the closure, northbound I-35 traffic will be detoured to eastbound Highway 97 to northbound Highway 61 to eastbound Highway 8. Motorists are advised to check 511 for daily real-time traffic updates by visiting 511mn.org or calling 5-1-1.

Traffic delays and backups are expected throughout the course of the two-year project. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time to reach their destinations.

The work is part of the I-35 North Metro Split project, which includes resurfacing the existing pavement from the I-35W/I-35E split to Highway 8; replacing the Highway 97 bridge with a diverging diamond interchange; replacing the northbound I-35W bridge over I-35E and the westbound Highway 8 bridge over I-35. The project will provide a better ride quality, as well as improve safety and traffic flow at the Highway 97 interchange. Additional information is available at mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35northmetrosplit.