Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Sept. 17, 2019

Overnight lane closures on I-35 near Forest Lake begin (tonight) Sept. 16

Access from the Hwy 97 ramp to southbound I-35E and southbound I-35W will close Sept. 20 through late Oct.

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, southbound Interstate 35 between Hwy 97 in Columbus and the I-35W/I-35E split in Lino Lakes will be reduced to a single lane of traffic as crews prepare to pave the southbound lanes.

Beginning 5 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, motorists on southbound I-35 will need to stay in the left lane to access southbound I-35W, and remain in the right lane to access southbound I-35E. Drivers should pay close attention to signs in the area showing the designated lanes as they approach the construction zone.

In addition, motorists should expect changes in their access to southbound I-35 from the Hwy 97 ramp. Beginning at 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, motorists using the Hwy 97 ramp to southbound I-35 will not be able to access southbound I-35W or southbound I-35E without using the posted detour of northbound I-35, to the Broadway Avenue/County Road 2 exit, to southbound I-35. 

Southbound I-35E and southbound I-35W access will remain closed through late Oct. 2019.

The ramp closure is necessary for crews to pave the southbound outside lanes of I-35. The detour map for the Highway 97 to southbound I-35 ramp closure can be found on the project website at: www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35northmetrosplit.

The I-35 North Metro Split project includes paving the I-35W/I-35E split to Hwy 8; replacing the Hwy 97 bridge with a diverging diamond interchange;  replacing the northbound I-35W bridge over I-35E and the westbound Hwy 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 www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35northmetrosplit.

There are several projects along the I-35 corridor this year. Please plan ahead, know your route and check the project website and 511 for updates: www.511mn.org