Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 20, 2018

Northbound I-35 single lane restrictions and traffic switch in Forest Lake rescheduled for June 21

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — The traffic control switch on northbound Interstate 35 between Hwy 97 and Hwy 8 in Columbus and Forest Lake has been delayed due to wet pavement.

Northbound I-35 will be reduced to one lane from 5 a.m. until noon, on Thursday, June 21, as crews shift all traffic to the far right driving lanes. Once completed, concrete barriers will not separate the northbound driving lanes and motorists will no longer have to choose the right lane ahead of time to exit to Broadway Avenue or Hwy 8.

This traffic configuration is expected to continue until late July or early August. Once northbound paving is done, Interstate 35 will reopen to three driving lanes. Crews will then begin work on the southbound lanes and reduce southbound traffic to two lanes for paving.

Traffic delays and backups are expected throughout the course of this two-year project, especially ahead of the Fourth of July. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time to reach their destinations. Motorists are advised to check 511 for daily real-time traffic updates by visiting 511mn.org or calling 5-1-1.

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 Hwy 8; replacing the Hwy 97 bridge with a diverging diamond interchange; replacing the northbound I-35W bridge over I-35E and the westbound Hwy 8 bridge over I-35. The project will provide a better ride quality, as well as improve safety and traffic flow at the Hwy 97 interchange. Additional information is available at mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35northmetrosplit.