Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

I-35E Corridor Projects

Downtown St. Paul (I-94) to Little Canada (I-694)

Cayuga project

Map with Cayuga project timelineClick map for larger PDF version

Current traffic impact information

Anticipated schedule and staging

2015 Construction

  • Close and widen the ramp from southbound I-35E to eastbound I-94 for approximately two months, including an initial weekend closure of I-94 for bridge deck removal (spring).
  • Close and reconstruct L’Orient Street between University Avenue and Arch Street (spring-summer).
  • Close and reconstruct L’Orient Street between Arch Street and Phalen Boulevard (summer-fall).
  • Complete the northbound I-35E bridge and shift traffic to the new bridge (summer).
  • Complete and open the permanent loop exit ramp from northbound I-35E to Cayuga Street (summer).
  • Complete reconstruction and open the ramp from southbound I-35E to University Avenue. Remove the temporary exit to 12th Street and reopen the ramp from University Avenue to westbound I-94 (summer).
  • Permanently close the ramp from southbound I-35E to Pennsylvania Avenue for continued southbound I-35E reconstruction (summer).
  • Remove the old southbound I-35E bridge spanning Pennsylvania Avenue during a weekend closure of Pennsylvania Avenue (summer).
  • Construct noise walls along the west side of I-35E between Cayuga Street and Minnehaha Avenue and between Pennsylvania Avenue and University Avenue (summer/fall).
  • Open the new northbound MnPASS lane (fall).

2016 Construction

  • Complete construction and open the ramps to/from southbound I-35E at Cayuga Street (opening to traffic in fall 2015 or spring 2016).
  • Complete construction of the new frontage road between Cayuga Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • Complete site clean-up and open the new southbound MnPASS lane (summer).


I-35E Cayuga improvement project location map
I-35E Cayuga improvement project location
map. Click map for larger PDF version

The Cayuga project is located on I-35E between University Avenue and Maryland Avenue in St. Paul and includes:

  • Replacement of the Cayuga Street bridge, Pennsylvania Avenue bridge and railroad bridges along I-35E
  • Replacement of the existing Pennsylvania Avenue/I-35E interchange with a new interchange at Cayuga Street to help correct existing safety and operational issues and provide better freeway access
  • Reconstruct I-35E along a new alignment between Maryland Avenue and University Avenue
  • Add an auxiliary lane in each direction for additional capacity, along with improved roadway layout


  • Replaces bridges currently on the state’s Chapter 152 list (PDF, 28 pages) for bridge replacement
  • Provides geometric improvements for the interchanges and I-35E, which will provide safety and operation improvements for this section of the corridor
  • Provides better interchange spacing between Maryland Avenue and University Avenue by shifting the interchange from Pennsylvania Avenue to Cayuga Street
  • Provides improved access for St. Paul’s Phalen Boulevard