Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Nov.7, 2018

I-35W weekend closure in Minneapolis scheduled Nov. 9-12

28th Street bridge over I-35W to close Nov. 9

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Interstate 35W will close in both directions between Interstate 94 and Highway 62 in Minneapolis, beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 to demolish the 28th Street bridge.

Crews will begin closing the on and off ramps for I-35W about one hour before closing the interstate.  Southbound I-35W will be open to traffic south of 46th Street. Motorists will be detoured around the closure using Interstate 394, Highway 100 and Hwy 62. I-35W will reopen to traffic by 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12.

In addition, the 28th Street bridge spanning I-35W will close in advance of the weekend closure at approximately 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9. The new 28th Street bridge is expected to open in June 2019. Motorists should follow the posted detour using southbound Blaisdell Avenue to eastbound Lake Street to northbound Fifth Avenue S. The pedestrian detour uses First Avenue South, 26th Street and Fifth Avenue South.

The reconstructed 26th Street bridge will reopen on Friday, Nov. 9.  The 26th Street bridge has been closed since June 2018.

MnDOT anticipates one additional weekend closure of I-35W, Nov. 16-19, to complete underground utility work that cannot be done in conjunction with the 28th Street bridge demolition. Construction work on the 28th Street bridge and throughout the 35W@94 project area will continue through the winter.

These closures are part of the larger four-year 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown reconstruction project on I-35W between 43rd Street and downtown Minneapolis. The work includes reconstructing pavement, bridges and ramps on I-35W, adding new access ramps to the Lake Street Business District, building a transit station on the interstate and constructing new MnPASS lanes. Once complete, motorists and residents will have better accessibility, safety and mobility in the area.  Work is expected to be completed in fall 2021. To learn more about the 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project, visit mndot.gov/35w94.

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

The 35W@94 reconstruction project is one of many critical road and bridge improvement projects underway across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area this summer. These projects represent a significant undertaking to build better roads and a multimodal transportations system that supports a growing economy and a stronger community. More information at mndot.gov/betterroads.