Explore the 35W@94 project corridor through a virtual self-guided tour to learn about the history of I-35W, project benefits and construction features. It includes the huge water storage tanks being constructed underground near the road. Be sure to check out the drone flight over the freeway and download the activity book.
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.
Access into downtown from NB I-35W is one northbound lane to allow for ongoing construction in the area. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes or use transit to travel in/out of downtown.
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 have been in full swing since 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.
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 SB I-35W.
SB I-35W to 46th St. ramp – CLOSED
Watch for periodic short-term closures through fall 2020
Highway work by location
NB I-35W is reduced to three lanes through fall 2021
MnPASS Express Lanes remain open
SB I-35W is reduced to three lanes through fall 2021
NB I-35W between Hwy 62 and I-94 - CLOSED
10 p.m. Tue, June 9 through 5 a.m. Wed, June 10
NB I-35W between Hwy 62 and I-94 - REDUCED TO A SINGLE LANE
10 p.m. Wed, June 10 through 5 a.m. Thu, June 11
Local road work by location
Lake St. between Stevens Ave. and 2nd Ave. – CLOSED
Thu, June 11 and Fri, June 12; 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Fri, June 5 from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lake St. between Blaisdell Ave. and 1st Ave. S – CLOSED
Tue, May 26 through early July
Lake St. between Blaisdell Ave. and 5th Ave. S – LANE REDUCTIONS
When you encounter a construction zone where a lane will be closed, perform the zipper merge. A zipper merge occurs when motorists use both lanes of traffic until reaching the defined merge area, and then alternate in a "zipper" fashion into the open lane.