Minnesota Department of Transportation

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35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown

Minneapolis

Project schedule

35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project schedule

35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project schedule.

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The 35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown project will be completed in five stages:

Stage 1

Summer 2017 to summer 2018 (PDF)

  • Portland Ave. and Franklin Ave. Bridges closing
  • 38th St. Bridge closing
  • WB I-94 to 11th St. ramp closing
  • 5th Ave. ramps closing (5th Ave. to NB I-35W ramp will close for the remainder of the project)
  • 36th St. to SB I-35W ramp will close for the remainder of the project
  • Local road work with closures will begin

Stage 2

Summer 2018 to fall 2018 (PDF)

  • 26th St. Bridge closing
  • 24th St. Ped Bridge closing (will be closed for the remainder of the project)
  • 40th St. Ped Bridge closing
  • Access ramps to/from downtown will be closing
  • I-35W and I-94 Interchange closing for the remainder of the project
  • 31st St. ramps closing (except to emergency vehicles and transit; 31st St. to SB I-35W ramp closed for the remainder of the project)
  • 35th St. ramps closing (35th St to NB I-35W ramp closed for the remainder of the project)
  • I-35W and I-94 lane reductions begin
  • Local road work with closures continues
  • View all construction activities for summer 2018 (PDF)

Stage 3

Fall 2018 to summer 2019 (PDF)

  • 28th St. Bridge closing
  • NB I-35W to Downtown (11th St/Grant St) access ramp will have lane reductions for the remainder of the project
  • Downtown (12th St/4th Ave) to SB I-35W access ramp closing (except to emergency vehicles and transit)
  • 31st St. to SB I-35W ramp closed to ALL traffic for the remainder of the project
  • I-35W and I-94 lane reductions continue
  • Local road work with lane reductions and closures begin

Stage 4

Summer 2019 to summer 2020 (PNG)

  • SB I-35W to 46th St. ramp closing
  • I-35W and I-94 lane reductions continue
  • Local road work with lane reductions and closures continues

Stage 5

Summer 2020 to fall 2021 (PNG)

  • NB I-35W to 31st St ramp closing for the remainder of the project
  • NB I-35W to 36th St ramp closing for the remainder of the project
  • 46th St. ramp to NB I-35W ramp closing for the remainder of the project
  • I-35W and I-94 lane reductions continue
  • Local road work with lane reductions and closures continues

*All dates are subject to change.

Additional projects

August 2019 through June 2023

  • Construct storm water storage tanks, retaining wall on state property east of I-35W in Minneapolis between 42nd St. and 40th St.
    • Crews are building six, concrete underground tanks that will hold up to 4.5 million gallons of water. That is about seven Olympic-sized swimming pools. During heavy rains, I-35W floods and can be impassable. The tanks will collect the water, store it while the drainage system catches up and then the water is released gradually and taken through drainage pipes to the Mississippi River. Constructing the tanks will help reduce the flooding but will not eliminate. This is the first time a project such as this has been done by MnDOT. In the early stages of this project, crews used a drilling machine called a hydrofraise to help remove the dirt and fill the what are the walls of the tanks. The tanks are going to be 40-feet wide and 80-feet deep.
    • Complete: August to January 2020: Construct retaining wall. Watch for SB closure of Second Ave. between 40th St. and 41st St.
    • February to October 2022: Construct storm water storage tanks; watch for regular truck traffic on Second Ave., overnight closures on I-35W and noise.
    • October 2022 to June 2023: Complete project including laying grass and landscaping.
    • Project area map

Completed projects

June 29 through September 2020

  • Resurface I-94 and ramps between Nicollet Ave. and Hwy 280, add traffic management system and improve accessibility.
    • This work will require weekend and overnight directional lane and ramp closures in late July and August.
    • Project area map

April through May 2020

  • Concrete repairs to I-35W and ramps from 66th St. to 76th St. in Richfield