Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Aug. 14, 2018

I-35 Forest Lake Rest Area temporary closure begins tomorrow, Aug. 15

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – The Forest Lake Rest Area on southbound Interstate 35 in Forest Lake will temporarily close on Aug. 15.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, southbound I-35 access to the rest area will close to allow crews to pave the southbound lanes, and provide safety for the construction crews and drivers. The rest area will remain closed for approximately two months.

Motorists and truckers are encouraged to plan ahead, as the two closest rest areas for southbound I-35 travelers are the General Andrews Rest Area, 77 miles to the north, or the New Market Rest Area, 58 miles to the south. To find a rest area in Minnesota, use MnDOT’s website search tool to learn about services and access at each site: www.dot.state.mn.us/restareas/find.html.

In addition to the rest area access closing, please anticipate southbound I-35 to be reduced to two lanes for approximately 4 months. All other ramps in the area will remain open this year. Traffic delays and backups are expected throughout the course of the two-year project. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time to reach their destinations.

The work is part of the I-35 North Metro Split project, which includes resurfacing the existing pavement from the I-35W/I-35E split to Highway 8; replacing the Highway 97 bridge with a diverging diamond interchange;  replacing the northbound I-35W bridge over I-35E and the westbound Highway 8 bridge over I-35. The project will provide a better ride quality, as well as improve safety and traffic flow at the Highway 97 interchange. Additional information is available at mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35northmetrosplit.

Major construction for the project is expected to take place in 2018 and 2019. Motorists should anticipate long-term lane closures during each year of construction. Check 511 for real-time traffic updates: 511mn.org