MnDOT I-94, I-35W@94 update

Greetings,

This is an update for the I-94 Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center and I-35W@94 projects.

Welcome to the new people on the list.

The web page for I-35W@94 is here: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/35w94/

The web page for I-94 Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center is here: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i94brooklyncntr/

For real-time updates, please download the 511 app on your phone or go to www.511mn.org.

This email is intended for you to take the information you need and share it with your constituents, neighbors, employees, customers, tenants, friends, family and relatives.

I-94 Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center

Weather has delayed the closure of the I-394 east to I-94 west ramp closure until April 23. Crews will be doing repairs under the bridge. This project will take about two months. It was originally scheduled to start April 16. The ramp from Lyndale Avenue S to I-94 west is also closed for two months

starting April 23. As always, weather can change plans. A fact sheet for the I-94 Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center and Whitney bridge project is attached. Detour maps can be found on the web page.

I-35W@94 Minneapolis

The plan is to close the ramp from I-94 west to 11th Street for two months starting at 6 a.m. April 16, weather permitting. That plan remains in place as of Tuesday. A fact sheet about the 11th Street ramp closure is also attached.

The Franklin Avenue bridge will remain closed until late May, early June. The 38th Street bridge will remain closed until early August. The 26th Street bridge will close soon after the Franklin Avenue bridge reopens. A fact sheet for the I-35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown is attached.

Upcoming short-term closures:

This project will have single lane and overnight closures throughout the duration of the project.

*I-94 west will be reduced to one lane 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday from Chicago Avenue to First Avenue.

*I-35W north will be closed from Highway 62 to I-94 at 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 to 5 a.m. Thursday, April 19.

*I-35W south will be closed from I-94 to Highway 62 from 10 p.m. Thursday, April 19 to 5 a.m. Friday, April 20.

Please plan ahead and give yourself extra time to reach your destination.

All these closures are weather permitting.

Start planning options for June closures:

In June, more lanes, ramps and access to and from downtown Minneapolis will close as part of the I-35@94 project. Please consider alternatives to driving. Now is a good time to start planning. We have some resources to help people make the transition.

Metro Transit has a website dedicated to the project with updated route information and an opportunity to sign up for Rider Alerts. The web page is www.metrotransit.org/35W

For route updates from Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, go to www.mvta.com.

Move Minneapolis assists employers with transitioning employees to carpooling, riding the bus, train or bicycle.

eWorkplace assists employers in helping employees telecommute.

You Are Invited

I have attached an invitation to meet with the project contractor from Ames, Lunda and Shafer. The event is 7-8 a.m. Wednesday, April 18 at Five Watt Coffee, 3745 Nicollet Ave. S. It’s a chance to get a free cup of coffee and ask your questions about the project.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks

Dave

Dave Aeikens

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Metro Communications and Engagement

Phone: 651-234-7511

Cell: 651-775-1261

WhitneyBridge94ProjectuddateApril4.pdf

GeneralHandoutmarch27I3593A.docx

Map11th St Ramp Closure NoticeApril2.docx

CoffeewithContractor_v1.pdf

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