MnDOT I-35W@94 and other Hennepin County projects update


This is an update for the I-35W@94 email list. You will also find some updates for some other closures on this note.

All closures are weather permitting and subject to change. Check for real-time updates and the project web page.

Emergency and transit personnel on the list please note the Highway 62 closure this weekend in Minneapolis.


I-35W: Both directions closed Wednesday at 10 until 5 a.m. Thursday. The freeway will be closed from Highway 62 to I-94. The closure planned for tonight is postponed

Ramp from I-94 west to I-35W south: Closed 10 p.m. Friday Oct. 12 to Monday, Oct. 22. Detour is to continue on I-94 west to I-394 west to Highway 100 south to Highway 62 east. Motorists in St. Paul and farther east headed to the south metro should consider I-494 or I-35E. A detour map is attached.

Coming up:

I-35: Closed both directions 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22 from I-94 to Highway 62. This is for a lane shift.

I-35 Closed both directions Nov. 2-5 from I-94 to Highway 62. This is to demolish the 28th Street bridge.

Next stage:

We are planning to shift to the next stage of I-35W@94 project at 5 a.m. Oct. 22. One lane into downtown from I-35W north to 11st Street and East Grant will be open.

Motorists will still see three lanes going north and two lanes going south on I-35W between downtown and Highway 62. Southbound traffic will travel on newly constructed lanes from I-94 to 24th Street. At 24th, they will use the same lanes that are being used today.

The highway is still at reduced capacity and will continue through 2021.

The additional lanes striped on I-35W, Highway 62 west and I-394 west will remain. The single lane into downtown is another option to go with an alternate route, transit, carpooling or telecommuting a few hours or a day or two a week. Please consider what works best for you.


Oct 17 or 18: The third lane of I-94 west between Chicago Avenue and Nicollet Avenue

Oct.31 or Nov. 1: The 26th Street bridge.

Highway 62 resurfacing Portland to 28th Ave. S.

Highway 62: Westbound closed 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15 from Highway 55 (Hiawatha Ave.) to Highway 77 (Cedar Avenue). Detour is Highway 5 west to I-494 west to Highway 77 north.

This is wrap up the resurfacing project that happened in June from Portland Avenue to 28th Avenue South. Crews will be doing repairs on the bridge over 28th Avenue South .

Highway 100

Ramp from Duluth Street to northbound Highway 100: Closed 10 p.m. Oct 12 to 5 a.m. Oct 15. Detour is Highway 100 south to I-394 east to Highway 100 north.

This is a Metropolitan Council project for sewer improvements. See web page for details.

University and Central signal and sidewalk improvements

Work is scheduled to start this week on the intersection of University and Broadway as weather permits. Work continues on the four other intersections in northeast Minneapolis as weather permits.

Highway 55 safety improvements Rockford to Theo Wirth Parkway

Check for three short-term closures Wednesday on the web page.

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


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