MnDOT I-35W@94 and Hennepin County project update

This is an update on the I-35W@94 project and some other MnDOT Hennepin County projects. As always, schedules are weather permitting and subject to change.

Please consult for real-time traffic and closure updates. You will find web links next to the bold project title.


I-35W will close at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6 from Highway 62 to I-694. This is to accommodate work on two projects. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The I-35W@94 project is removing the 40th Street pedestrian bridge. Crews will also do some soil testing in the area and could set beams on the 26th Street bridge.

Crews working on the freeway north of the Mississippi River will resurface the southbound lanes of I-35W from Ramsey County Road C to Fourth Street in Minneapolis. This work is part of the I-35W Minneapolis to Roseville project.

The detour is Highway 62 to Highway 100 to I-694. A map is attached.

Highway 280 will be closed except between University to Larpenteur for local traffic.

Highway 36 west is closed at Fairview.

What is open:

I-35W south from 46th Street

I-35W south from I-694 to County Road C

I-35W north from County Road C

The full closure is needed so crews can complete their work safely and efficiently. It also provides a better quality product.

The bridge removal create falling steel and concrete and would be unsafe to have vehicles in the construction area.

Last week: The full closure July 27-30 allowed crews to install a utility casing under the freeway, make a traffic shift on I-94 west, continue work on bridges, do asphalt improvements on some temporary lanes, open the ramp from I-94 west to 11th Street and collect soil samples for an upcoming project.

Crews north of the Mississippi River were able to resurface I-35W north from Fourth Street to County Road C and do concrete and drainage repair on I-35W south. Two photos are attached that show some of the work.

Opening and closing:

The 38th Street bridge is scheduled to open before 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3.

The 40th Street bridge is scheduled to close Friday, Aug. 3. A detour is here.

The ramp from Fourth Avenue/16th Street to I-94 west is closed for two months. A detour map is here.

Highway 7 St. Louis Park to Minnetonka

The two inside lanes in both directions will close at 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing between Louisiana Avenue and Shady Oak Road.

University and Central Avenue Northeast Minneapolis

The start of this project has been delayed until Sept. 4 because of a delay in getting materials.

Highway 62 Edina to Minnetonka:

The ramp from Tracy Avenue to eastbound 62 opens Wednesday.

The ramp from SB Hwy 169 to eastbound 62 and the ramp from eastbound 62 to northbound 169 will both open Friday.

The ramp from Gleason Ave. to eastbound 62 opens Saturday.

Please let me know if you have any questions.



Dave Aeikens

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Metro Communications and Engagement

Phone: 651-234-7511

Cell: 651-775-1261


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s