Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

I-94 and I-35E

St. Paul

I-94 & I-35E St. Paul virtual open house

Learn more about upcoming construction starting this summer on I-94 and I-35E in St. Paul by watching our virtual open house recorded in late April.

Traffic impacts

I-94 and I-35E in St. Paul Project locations map

I-94 and I-35E in St. Paul project location map.

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Information about upcoming traffic impacts will be posted as details become available. Motorists can expect shoulder and lane closures, ramp closures and traffic shifts on I-35E and I-94, along with multiple weekend full closures.

Lane closures

10 p.m. Sun, July 18 through mid-August
  • The left two lanes of I-94 in both directions is closed between just west of Western Ave. and Saint Peter St.

Ramp closures

Wed, July 21 through early October
  • The ramp from 12th St. to WB I-94 and SB I-35E is closed. Follow the signed detour.

About this project

Beginning in July 2021, we will repair and resurface I-94 between Western Ave. and Mounds Blvd. and I-35E between I-94 north and University Ave. In addition, we will work on the following ramp bridges:

  • East 12th St. to WB I-94 (over WB I-94)
  • East 12th St. to SB I-35E (over WB I-94)
  • EB I-94 to E 6th St.

In addition, we will resurface the Robert St. bridge over I-35E. The project will address water seepage issues along the westbound side of I-94 through the project area, build new storm water drainage ponds and replace railing on some bridges. Freeway lighting and signs may be replaced if needed.

Construction will progress from west to east and be split into three stages, each with two sub-stages for work on inner and outer lanes. Construction will reduce capacity to two lanes in each direction and require long-term closures of ramps into and out of downtown St. Paul. The construction schedule is subject to change.

  • Stage 1 – Western Ave. to Marion St.: Mid-summer through fall 2021
  • Stage 2 – Marion St. to I-35E.: Spring through mid-summer 2022
  • Stage 3 – I-35E to Mounds Blvd.: Mid-summer through fall 2022

Summary of work

  • Repair and resurface I-94 and I-35E
  • Resurface ramps and frontage roads along I-94
  • Repair drainage and upgrade storm sewers
  • Other bridge rehabilitation work
  • Repair sidewalks and upgrade pedestrian sidewalks and approaches to Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards