Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Sept. 24, 2019

MnDOT to open access early to southbound I-35W, 40th Street bridge in Minneapolis

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Drivers, bicyclists and walkers will have greater access to and across Interstate 35W when the Minnesota Department of Transportation reopens a key ramp from downtown Minneapolis and the 40th Street bridge.

The ramp from Fourth Avenue and 10th Street to southbound I-35W from downtown Minneapolis is scheduled to reopen with a single lane by 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. That opening is two years ahead of schedule. The ramp closed to general traffic in June 2018.

Crews demolished the 40th Street pedestrian and bicycle bridge in August 2018. The rebuilt bridge will reopen in early October, one year ahead of schedule. South Minneapolis walkers and bicyclists can look forward to a wider crossing when the bridge opens.

Local artists have been commissioned to create artwork for the 40th Street bridge. The artwork will start appearing on the bridge next year. MnDOT will continue to need short-term closures of the ramp to complete some work but it will mostly remain open through the remainder of the project. The ramp and pedestrian bridge are the latest milestones in the more than four-year I-35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown reconstruction project on I-35W between 43rd Street and downtown Minneapolis. MnDOT has already:

  • Replaced and reopened bridges over I-35W on Franklin Avenue, 26th Street, 28th Street and 38th Street.
  • Reopened the ramp from northbound I-35W to downtown Minneapolis.
  • Rebuilt the ramp from westbound I-94 to Fifth Avenue, 11th Street and East Grant Street.
  • Provided motorists with new southbound I-35W lanes.

To learn more about the 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project, visit mndot.gov/35w94.

Several projects are taking place along the I-35W this year. Please plan ahead, know your route and check the project website and 511 for updates: 511mn.org.