MnDOT announces changes to Twin Ports Interchange project schedule
Garfield/I-535 interchange to stay in current configuration through winter
DULUTH, Minn. – The Garfield Avenue/Interstate 535 interchange portion of the Twin Ports Interchange project will not be completed this fall as planned due to findings of historical significance in the project area. The interchange will stay in its current configuration throughout the winter, and Blatnik Bridge is not closing this week as previously announced.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is working closely with project partners and will provide an updated schedule for the project as soon as it becomes available.
MnDOT was able to accelerate work on the I-35 corridor this fall, including shoulder grading, paving, wall painting and pouring of a barrier wall, that was scheduled to be completed in spring 2024. I-35 is scheduled to open to four lanes later this week, dependent on weather. While the majority of work affecting traffic on I-35 will be completed in fall 2023, the traveling public should anticipate some minor lane closures next spring.
MnDOT continues to evaluate the schedule for Highway 53, with the goal of completing the bridges from Piedmont Avenue to 21st Avenue West in Lincoln Park by fall 2024. The schedule for the completion of Highway 53 connections to I-535 and I-35 will be determined as soon as possible.
MnDOT encourages drivers to use the signed detour routes of Bong Bridge instead of Garfield Avenue and Mesaba Avenue for Highway 53.
For more information on the project, visit mndot.gov/d1/projects/twin-ports-interchange/.