Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Oct. 15, 2019

Highway 97 ramp to southbound Interstate 35 in Columbus reopens Oct. 17

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — The ramp from Highway 97 to southbound Interstate 35 in Columbus is expected to reopen by 11 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, weather permitting. The ramp had been closed since Sept. 23 to allow crews to pave the outside southbound I-35 lanes and the Highway 97 ramp.

The I-35 North Metro Split project includes paving 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.

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