Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown

Aug. 21, 2017 through fall 2021

Traffic impacts

To learn more about this project, including project staging, and how to move through the project area, including how to do the zipper merge.

Current

For a list of upcoming traffic impacts, see the Upcoming section.

Road closures

10 p.m. Mon, Sept. 17 to 5 a.m. Tue, Sept. 18
• NB I-35W is closed between Hwy 62 and I-94
Detour: WB Hwy 62 to NB Hwy 100 to EB I-394 to EB I-94

10 p.m. Tue, Sept. 18 to 5 a.m. Wed, Sept. 19
• SB I-35W is closed between I-94 and Hwy 62
Detour: WB I-94 to WB I-394 to SB Hwy 100 to EB Hwy 62

Lane closures

June 18, 2018 through fall 2021
• NB I-35W is reduced to three lanes from 43rd St. to downtown Minneapolis
• Note: one northbound I-35W lane will be a MnPASS lane

June 18, 2018 through fall 2019
• SB I-35W is reduced to two lanes from downtown Minneapolis to 43rd St.

June 18, 2018 through mid- to late Oct. 2018
• WB I-94 will be reduced to two lanes from Chicago Ave. to Nicollet Ave

View map of all current lane reductions (PDF)

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Ramp closures

Some of the ramp closures listed below are multi-year closures. This is needed to allow motorists to safely travel through the project area during the reconstruction of I-35W. The number of lanes will be reduced and shifted at various times which makes ramp access to/from I-35W difficult for vehicles.

July 30, 2018 through Sept. 18, 2018
4th Ave./16th St. to WB I-94 will be closed
Detour: 4th Ave, 16th St, 15th St, Lyndale Ave.

June 15, 2018 through fall 2020
SB I-35W to 35th St. is closed

June 8, 2018 through mid- to late Oct. 2018
Access to downtown (11th St/5th Ave. S/E. Grant St.) is closed from NB I-35W
Routes into downtown:
EB I-394 to downtown
WB I-94 to 4th/7th St.
Hiawatha Ave. to 7th St.
I-35W to 3rd St/Washington Ave.
WB I-94 to 11th St.
Note: When access into downtown reopens from NB I-35W, there will only be one northbound lane available to allow for ongoing construction in the area. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes or use transit to travel in/out of downtown.
Note: When access into downtown reopens from NB I-35W, access directly onto 5th Ave. S. will temporarily be closed
NB I-35W to 31st St/Lake St is closed to traffic, but remain open to buses

June 8, 2018 through fall 2021
Access out of downtown (12th St./4th Ave.) is closed to SB I-35W
Routes out of downtown:
8th St. to Hiawatha
6th St. to EB I-94
3rd St, WB I-394, WB I-94
Washington Ave. to I-35W
Note: In fall 2018, access out of downtown to SB I-35W will reopen only to buses; it will remain closed for all other vehicles for the duration of the project. The long-term closure is needed to allow ongoing construction in the area and to maintain effective transit operations on the limited number of available lanes on southbound I-35W. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes or use transit to travel in/out of downtown.
EB I-94 to SB I-35W is closed
Detour: WB I-394 to SB Hwy 100 to EB Hwy 62
31st St. to SB I-35W is closed to traffic, but remain open to buses
Detour: Nicollet Ave. to 46th St.
35th St to NB I-35W is closed
Detour: Nicollet Ave. to E. Diamond Lake Rd

May 18, 2018 through fall 2021
NB I-35W to WB I-94 is closed
Detour: WB I-694, WB Hwy 62, NB Hwy 100, EB I-394
Note: There are a number of reasons this ramp is closed through fall 2021:
This ramp is being fully reconstructed. Once complete, motorists will no longer merge on the right side of WB I-94; instead, motorists will merge on the left side and will have a dedicated lane through the Lowry Tunnel, helping to reduce congestion. The Lyndale Ave./Hennepin Ave. exit will still be accessible from WB I-94.
Prior to the reconstruction of the ramp, there are additional construction activities in the I-35W/I-94 junction that need to happen and will be in full swing starting in mid-June 2018. Highway lanes will be reduced and shifted at various times and construction of the new ramp piers would not allow traffic to be safely switched around.

March 2, 2018 through fall 2021
36th St. to SB I-35W is closed
Detour: Portland Ave. to 46th St.
Note: There are a number of reasons this ramp is closed through fall 2021:
Once I-35W highway reconstruction work begins this summer, the number of southbound lanes will be reduced and shifted at various times while crews work for the three years after the 38th St. bridge reopens. This will make it difficult for vehicles entering from 36th St. to safely merge onto southbound I-35W.

Aug. 24, 2017 through fall 2021
5th Ave. S to NB I-35W is closed
Detour: Franklin Ave. to Cedar Ave. to Hwy 55

Bridge closures

Aug. 3 2018 through fall 2020
40th St. bridge over I-35W will be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists
Detour: Paved trail on the east side of MLK park, 42nd St, 2nd Ave.

June 15, 2018 through fall 2021
24th St. pedestrian bridge is closed over I-35W
Pedestrian Detour: 5th Ave. to 28th St. to 3rd Ave

June 1, 2018 through late Oct./early Nov. 2018
26th St. bridge is closed over I-35W
Traffic Detour: Portland Ave. to Lake St. to 1st Ave.
Pedestrian Detour: 5th Ave. to 28th St. to 3rd Ave.

Local street impacts

Sept. 11 to late Oct./early Nov. 2018
The 26th St. and Clinton Ave. intersection is closed

Sept. 4 to Sept. 18 2018
EB 16th St./NB 4th Ave. is closed between 3rd Ave. and 15th St.

Aug. 13, 2018 to late Oct. 2018
The 39th St. and 3rd Ave. intersection is closed

Aug. 2, 2018 to late Oct. 2018
The 39th St. and 1st Ave. intersection is closed

June 28, 2018 to late Oct. 2018
2nd Ave. is closed between 38th St. and 39th St.

June 28, 2018 to late Sept. 2018
2nd Ave. is closed between 29th St. and Lake St.

June 18, 2018 to mid-Sept. 2018
4th Ave. is closed between Franklin Ave. and 22nd St.

June 18, 2018 to fall 2018
4th Ave. is closed between 22nd St. and 25th St.

May 17, 2018 to fall 2018
The Stevens Ave. and 39th St. intersection is closed

May 2018 to fall 2018 (tentatively)
Park Ave. and Portland Ave. will have temporary restriping and a transit lane
Note: The restriping of Park Ave. and Portland Ave. (between downtown and Lake St.) to add a temporary transit lane was chosen to help reduce impacts and maintain a transit advantage for transit while the 35W@94 project is underway. This new striping is temporary; it will remain in place through fall 2018, at which point Metro Transit, MnDOT and the City of Minneapolis will assess if the transit operators are comfortable that they can again provide reliable service on I-35W. Restriping is also weather/temperature dependent, so it may need to wait until spring 2019 if the decision to move back to the permanent striping is made when it is cold out.

March 2, 2018 to late Oct. 2018
2nd Ave. is closed south of 38th St. through the 39th St. intersection

Trail and sidewalk impacts

Fall 2018

The sidewalk is closed at the following roads:
4th Ave. between 18th St. and 25th St.
Intersection of 26th St./Clinton Ave.
2nd Ave. S. between Lake St. and 29th St.
Clinton Ave. between Lake St. and 28th St.
South side of Lake St. between Stevens Ave. and 2nd Ave. S.
South side of 31st St. between Stevens Ave. and 2nd Ave. S.
Intersections of 38th St./Stevens Ave. and 39th St./Stevens Ave.
Intersections of 38th St./2nd Ave. S. and 39th St./2nd Ave. S.

Upcoming

Details about upcoming traffic impacts will be provided as they become available.

Road closures

10 p.m. Thu, Sept. 20 to 5 a.m. Fri, Sept. 21
I-94 is closed in both directions between I-394 and I-35W
Detour: I-35W to Hwy 62 to Hwy 100 to I-394

10 p.m. Thu, Sept. 27 to 5 a.m. Fri, Sept. 28
I-35W is closed in both directions between I-94 and Hwy 62
Detour: Hwy 62 to Hwy 100 to I-394 to I-94

Lane closures

Fall 2019 through fall 2021
SB I-35W will be reduced to three lanes from downtown Minneapolis to 43rd St.

Bridge closures

Late Oct./early Nov. through spring 2019
28th St. bridge is closed over I-35W

Hwy 62 and Hwy 212

Eden Prairie to Edina http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy62/index.html
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July 9 to late October 2018

Current

Details about current project closures will be posted when available.

Upcoming

Road closures

• 8 p.m. Fri, Sept. 21 through 5 a.m. Mon, Sept. 24
• EB Hwy 62 is closed between Hwy 100 to I-494 for paving
• 8 p.m. Fri, Sept. 28 through 5 a.m. Mon, Oct. 1
• WB Hwy 62 is closed between Hwy 100 to I-494 for paving

Bridge closures

• Mon, Sept. 24 through Sat, Sept. 29
• Tracy Ave. bridge will be closed.

Summary of work

• Resurfacing highway
• Pedestrian crossing improvements
• All ramps repaired

I-35W Minnesota River Bridge

Bloomington, Burnsville http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wbloomington/index.html

Aug. 20, 2018 to Nov. 2021

Traffic impacts

Current

Lane closures
• Mon, Aug. 20 through September; 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.

Upcoming

Details on upcoming traffic impacts will be provided as they become available.

Ramp closures

• Late September through 2021
• The ramp from 106th St. to SB I-35W is closed

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

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I-494: Airport to Highway 169

Bloomington, Richfield, Edina, Eden Prairie in Hennepin County http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i494-airport-hwy169/
2022-2023: Estimated construction start date
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About this project

MnDOT staff and its partners are working to provide environmental documentation and preliminary and final engineering reconstruction of the I-494 freeway that travels through the cities of Bloomington, Richfield, Eden Prairie and Edina.

In 2018, Corridors of Commerce, a state road improvement grant program, awarded the project $134 million to introduce MnPASS lanes from EB France Ave. to Hwy 77 and from WB Hwy 77 to I-35W. An additional $70 million was awarded to construct a directional ramp for NB I-35W to WB I-494 traffic.

The current stage of the project is looking at the entire freeway from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Hwy 169 to determine the size of the project and begin the environmental review process. The proposed project is envisioned to improve the capacity of the interstate and dramatically improve the reliability of the average rush-hour trip.

Summary of work

• Provide a transit advantage to increase the number of people who can be efficiently moved through the area
• Improve the reliability of the average rush-hour trip
• Improve safety
• Restore pavement to preserve infrastructure and provide a smoother ride
• Improve drainage systems to reduce localized flooding and reduce run-off into the Minnesota River
• Preserve existing bridges

Schedule

Summer 2018 - Winter 2018: Public outreach and evaluation of design alternatives
Winter 2018 - Summer 2019: Concept design
Summer 2018 - Fall 2019: Environmental review process
2022-2023: Estimated construction start date
Some work might be done earlier to reduce traffic impacts

I-94

This project has been completed

Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center Click here for more details

Schedule: Construction: Mar. 20, 2017, into summer 2018, weather permitting

Location: I-94 between Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis and Shingle Creek Pkwy in Brooklyn Center

Benefits:Smoother road surface
Longer lasting bridges and pavement
Improved drainage
Reduced damage to freight goods in transport

Summary of work

Repaired Whitney pedestrian bridge
Resurfaced nine miles of pavement on I-94 between Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis and Shingle Creek Pkwy in Brooklyn Center
Repaired 50 bridges on or over I-94
Reconstructed WB I-94 bridge deck over Hwy 252 in Brooklyn Center
Repaired tile in (I-94) Lowry and Portland Ave. tunnels
Replaced guardrail
Improved drainage and concrete barrier in areas
Repaired all entrance and exit ramps
Project work completed in 2017:

Resurfaced nine miles of pavement on I-94 between Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis and Shingle Creek Pkwy in Brooklyn Center
Repaired 48 bridges on or over I-94
Reconstructed WB I-94 bridge deck over Hwy 252 in Brooklyn Center
Repaired tile in (I-94) Lowry and Portland Ave. tunnels
Replaced guardrail
Improved drainage and concrete barrier in areas
Repaired all entrance and exit ramps

Hwy 169 Improvement Project

Project completed: Jan. 23 through Oct. 31, 2017

About this Project - Click here for more details
Summary of work
Work on Hwy 169 included:

  • Replacing the Hwy 169 bridge over Nine Mile Creek in Hopkins, Minnetonka and Edina. The bridge was replaced with a causeway, which is a raised road across a low or wet ground. Bridge conditions require that it be replaced by 2020.
  • Reconstructing more than six miles of pavement on Hwy 169 between Hwy 55 and just north of Hwy 62
  • Constructing acceleration and deceleration lanes on Hwy 169 at Cedar Lake Rd.
  • Removing access to and from southbound Hwy 169 at 16th St. in St. Louis Park
  • SB Hwy 169 ramps to and from 16th St. closed permanently
  • Repairing noise walls
  • Replacing concrete barrier
  • Improving pedestrian accessibility

 

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I-494 Rehabilitation

Plymouth Click here for more details

This project has been completed

Location: I-494 between I-394 and I-694 (Fish Lake Interchange)

Benefits: Smoother road surface
Extends bridge life
Lessens congestion during peak hours

I-494 Improvement Projects

Edina, Bloomington, Richfield

This project has been completed

Project Benefits

  • Improved ride quality for motorists will be increased
  • Improved traffic flow
  • Reduced maintenance needs from replacing guard rail with concrete median barrier
  • Future opportunities to match local development goals for the area due to replacement of the Xerxes Avenue Bridge

Hwy 169 Bloomington Ferry Bridge Improvement

Shakopee, Bloomington, Eden Prairie (July through August 2013)

This project has been completed

Summary of work

  • Improve Hwy 13/101 weaving concerns
  • Replace strip seal joints on Bloomington Ferry Bridge
  • Shoulder work in both directions
  • Drainage repair where needed

Location

  • Hwy 169 between Hwy 101 (Shakopee) and Pioneer Trail (Bloomington, Eden Prairie)
Click here for more information

TH 169/I-494 Interchange

This project was completed in late 2012.
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/169/index.html

 

View of Completed Interchange
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Project Benefits

Improved safety and mobility by converting this expressway to a freeway. This work included:

  • Reconstructing the interchange with six connections
  • Removing traffic signals
  • Connecting the north and south frontage roads under Hwy 169
  • Building noise walls
  • Constructing drainage and water quality facilities