Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

July 26, 2018

Short-term overnight closures of I-35 in Columbus scheduled for July 31 and August 1 

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Motorists on Interstate 35 in Columbus may experience delays as short-term closures occur at Highway 97 on Tuesday, July 31 and Wednesday, August 1.

Each night, the State Patrol will intermittently stop traffic near the bridge for 15-minute durations on northbound I-35 between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m., and on southbound I-35 between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. The short-term closures are needed to allow crews to set support beams for the new Highway 97 bridge.

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 www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35northmetrosplit.