Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Aug. 29, 2019

Overnight closures of Interstate 35 in Forest Lake begin September 4

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Motorists traveling on Interstate 35 between Highway 8 in Forest Lake and Highway 61 in Wyoming will encounter overnight closures and detours beginning September 4. Weather permitting, the road will be closed in one direction at a time during the following dates:

  • Northbound I-35 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Sep. 4 and Tuesday, Sep. 10.
  • Southbound I-35 will be closed from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Thursday, Sep. 5 and Monday, Sep. 9.

Motorists should follow posted detours to Highway 61 and Highway 97 during the closures.

The closures are part of the I-35 North Metro Split project and are necessary for crews to remove the old Highway 8 bridge over I-35. The new bridge and loop ramp from westbound Highway 8 to southbound I-35 opened to traffic in mid-August, and will provide motorists with additional merge space at the interchange when work is completed later this fall.

The I-35 North Metro Split project 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.

There are several projects along the I-35 corridor this year. Please plan ahead, know your route and check the project website and 511 for updates: 511mn.org.