Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 18, 2019

I-35 traffic switch and lane closures begin April 22

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 22, motorists traveling on Interstate 35 from just south of the I-35W/I-35E split in Lino Lakes to Highway 97 in Columbus will encounter off-peak lane closures and traffic shifts, as crews prepare to resurface the inside lanes of northbound I-35.

Northbound I-35 will be reduced to two lanes from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and southbound I-35 will be reduced to two lanes from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be off-peak lane closures on I-35W and I-35E, just south of the split. Northbound I-35W/I-35E from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be reduced to one lane, and southbound I35W/I-35E will be reduced to one lane from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Once the traffic shift is complete by 7 a.m. on Monday, April 29, motorists traveling on northbound I-35E will encounter a new traffic lane configuration. The left lane of northbound I-35E will be shifted to the southbound side of the freeway, south of the I-35W/I-35E split. Motorists exiting to Highway 97 will need to stay in the right lane as they approach the construction zone.

Traffic delays and backups in the project area should be expected throughout the construction season. 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 continue through fall 2019. Motorists should anticipate long-term lane closures during each year of construction. Check 511 for real-time traffic updates: