Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

I-35W Minnesota River Bridge

Bloomington, Burnsville

Traffic impacts

Note: The I-35W Minnesota River Bridge will remain open to three lanes of traffic (one MnPASS lane) during peak travel times in both directions for the duration of the project.

A map of the project area.

I-35W Minnesota River bridge project location map.

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Current

If you live near Minnesota River Bridge you may hear noise beginning in early April as crews work to remove pavement on both sides of the river.

Lane closures

March 25 through fall 2019; 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily
  • I-35W will have alternating lane closures in both directions between Cliff Rd. in Burnsville and 106th St. in Bloomington
    • Note: After 10 p.m. I-35W may be reduced to a single lane
February through fall 2019
  • 106th St. in both directions is reduced to a single-lane between Verdi Rd. and Lyndale Ave. S.
Oct. 18, 2018 through summer 2021
  • SB I-35W reduced from four lanes to three between 106th St. and Cliff Rd.

Ramp closures

April 16 through 5 a.m. Wed, April 17
  • The ramp from Cliff Rd. to SB I-35W is closed. Please use alternate routes during this time.
10 p.m. Wed, April 17 through 5 a.m. Thu, April 18
  • The ramp from Cliff Rd. to NB I-35W is closed. Please use alternate routes during this time.
April 8 through early summer 2019
  • The ramp from Burnsville Pkwy. to NB I-35W is closed while construction crews add an HOV lane.
April 1 through fall 2019
  • The ramp from NB I-35W to 106th St. is closed.
    • Detour: NB I-35W, 98th St., SB I-35W and 106th St.
March 24 through fall 2019
  • The ramps to/from NB I-35W and Black Dog Rd. are closed due to river flooding and will remain closed through fall 2019 for construction work.
    • Black Dog Rd. to NB I-35W detour: Black Dog Rd., SB I-35W, Hwy 13 and NB I-35W
    • NB I-35W to Black Dog Rd. detour: NB I-35W, 98th St., SB I-35W and Black Dog Rd.
Oct. 18, 2018 through summer 2021

Trail/sidewalk closures

February through fall 2019
  • The sidewalks on 106th St. between Verdi Rd. and Lyndale Ave. S. may be fully or partially closed for utility work. Please follow the posted detour during any closures.
Mon. through Fri.; 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
  • Minnesota River Bottoms Trails west of the I-35W River Bridge in the construction area is closed (Saturdays will be make up-days in case of rain).

Upcoming

Information about upcoming traffic impacts will be posted as details become available.

About this project

MnDOT in partnership with Dakota County, Hennepin County, City of Bloomington and the City of Burnsville are developing a project to replace the bridge and pavement on I-35W between Cliff Rd. and 106th St. Raise I-35W out of the floodplain and improve pedestrian access across the river.

Summary of work

  • Reconstruct I-35W Bridge spanning the Minnesota River
  • Reconstruct I-35W bridge spanning 106th St.
  • Replace pavement from Cliff Rd. to 106th St.
  • Construct NB auxiliary/truck lane between Cliff Rd. and 106th St.
  • Construct Trail between Black Dog Rd. and Lyndale Ave.
  • Improve signing, lighting and drainage

Completed

  • Preliminary design: December 2017
  • Municipal consent hearings: November 2017

STEM program

MnDOT recognizes the need to develop a diverse and talented workforce to fulfill our vision of creating a safe, efficient and sustainable transportation system for the future. 

MnDOT partnered with other organizations to create an interactive program to integrate bridge architecture, design and engineering into a school curriculum.