Minnesota Department of Transportation

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I-35E Corridor Projects

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

Cayuga project

Current traffic impact information

Anticipated schedule and staging

 

Fall 2014 Construction         

  • Continue construction of several new northbound I-35E bridges
  • Close the ramp from northbound I-35E to Cayuga Street (approximately mid-October through mid-November) for I-35E temporary bypass construction. Reopen the ramp to Cayuga Street in mid-November
  • Close the ramp from University Avenue to westbound I-94 (starting approximately late October) for construction of a temporary ramp from southbound I-35E to 12th Street
  • Close the ramp from southbound I-35E to University Avenue in approximately mid-November to begin retaining wall construction
  • Reduce L’orient Street to a one-way, southbound only street over winter for retaining wall construction
  • Open the temporary ramp from southbound I-35E to 12th Street to motorists by the end of the year

2015 Construction

  • 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 Blvd (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
  • Permanently close the ramp from southbound I-35E to Pennsylvania Avenue for continued southbound I-35E reconstruction (summer/fall)
  • Close the ramp from southbound I-35E to eastbound I-94 for approximately two months during reconstruction work

Late 2015/mid-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 reconstruction and paving for all local roadways in the project area, including Cayuga Street (west of I-35E), the west I-35E frontage road, and Pennsylvania Avenue/Phalen Blvd
  • Complete site clean-up and open the new portion of the MnPASS lanes between Maryland Avenue and Cayuga Street

 

Background

I-35E Cayuga improvement project location map
I-35E Cayuga improvement project location
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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

Work completed in 2013

  • Reconstructed northbound I-35E between Cayuga Street and Maryland Avenue
  • Reconstructed the ramp from northbound I-35E to Maryland Avenue and the ramp from Maryland Avenue to southbound I-35E
  • Completed one of the new Cayuga Street interchange bridges on the east side of I-35E and the new ramp from Cayuga Street to northbound I-35E
  • Reconstructed Mississippi Street between Case Avenue and Jessamine Avenue and York Avenue/Terrace Court
  • Completed some utility relocation work and tree removal in various project area

Benefits

  • 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

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