Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

I-94 and I-35E

St. Paul

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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All traffic impacts are tentative and weather dependent.


Information about upcoming traffic impacts will be posted as details become available. Next year’s construction activity will focus on repairs and resurfacing on I-94 between Marion St. and I-35E from spring through mid-summer 2022 and then work will shift to I-94 between I-35E and Mounds Blvd. from mid-summer through the fall of 2022. Additional repairs and resurfacing also will be done from spring through mid-summer 2022 on I-35E between I-94 and University Ave.

Motorists can expect shoulder and lane closures, ramp closures and traffic shifts on I-35E and I-94, along with multiple weekend full closures.

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. We also 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 and I-35E between I-94 and University Ave.: 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