Major Construction Impacts for South Metro Commuters Begins Friday

Several ramp closures in and out of downtown will be closed for an extended time

Sloane Martin
June 05, 2018 - 1:13 pm
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The construction season for south metro commuters is about to get significantly worse.

Starting Friday at 10 p.m., a slew of long-term closures go into effect, most notably:

  • Access to downtown Minneapolis (11th St/5th Ave. S/E. Grant St.) will be closed from northbound I-35W through this fall
  • Ramps out of downtown (12th St./4th Ave.) will be closed to southbound I-35W through fall 2021

During the multi-year project, crews are reconstructing 11 bridges, making a new ramp from I-35W north to 28th street and I-35W south to Lake Street, creating a transit station at I-35W and Lake and well as rebuilding ramps.

The entire details can be found below but officials are stressing that public transportation should be the No. 1 option. Metro Transit is increasing its routes, even on weekends, and planning ahead will be mandatory to avoid headaches.

Here’s a rundown of everything that is starting June 8 and June 15, via the MNDot website:

Road closures10 p.m. Fri, June 8 to 5 a.m. Mon, June 11
  • I-94 will be closed between I-394 and I-35W
    • WB I-94 Detour from I-94: NB Hwy 280 to NB I-35W to WB I-694
    • WB I-94 Detour from SB I-35W: SB I-35W to WB Hwy 62 to NB Hwy 100 to EB I-694 to East River Road loops
    • WB I-94 Detour from NB I-35W: NB I-35W to WB I-694
    • EB I-94 Detour from I-94: WB I-394 to NB Hwy 100 to EB I-694 to SB I-35W to SB Hwy 280
    • EB I-94 Detour from I-694: SB I-35W to SB Hwy 280
    • EB I-94 Detour from I-394: NB Hwy 100 to EB I-694 to SB I-35W to SB Hwy 280
10 p.m. Fri, June 8 to 6 a.m. Sat, June 9
  • Overnight closure of NB I-35W between I-94 and Hwy 62
    • Detour: Hwy 62 and Hwy 55
10 p.m. Fri, June 15 to 5 a.m. Mon, June 18
  • I-35W will be closed between I-94 and Hwy 62
    • Detour: Hwy 62, Hwy 100 and I-394
Lane closuresFri, June 15 through fall 2018
  • WB I-94 from Portland Ave. to Stevens Ave. reduced to two lanes
Fri, June 15, 2018 through fall 2021
  • NB I-35W from 43rd St. to downtown Minneapolis reduced to three lanes
    • Note: one northbound I-35W lane will be a MnPASS lane
  • SB I-35W from downtown Minneapolis to 43rd St. reduced to two lanes
Ramp closures

Some of the ramp closures listed below are multi-year closures. This is needed to allow motorists to safely travel through the project area during the reconstruction of I-35W. The number of lanes will be reduced and shifted at various times which makes ramp access to/from I-35W difficult for vehicles.

Fri, June 8 through fall 2018
  • Access to downtown (11th St/5th Ave. S/E. Grant St.) will be closed from NB I-35W
    • Route into downtown:
      • EB I-394 to downtown
      • WB I-94 to 4th/7th St.
      • Hiawatha Ave. to 7th St.
      • I-35W to 3rd St/Washington Ave.
      • 3rd St. (exit 17C) (PDF)
    • NoteWhen access into downtown reopens from NB I-35W, there will only be one northbound lane available to allow for ongoing construction in the area. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes or use transit to travel in/out of downtown.
  • NB I-35W to 31st St/Lake St will be closed to traffic, but remain open to buses
Fri, June 8, 2018 through fall 2021
  • Access out of downtown (12th St./4th Ave.) will be closed to SB I-35W
    • Routes out of downtown:
    • NoteIn fall 2018, access out of downtown to SB I-35W will reopen only to buses; it will remain closed for all other vehicles for the duration of the project. The long-term closure is needed to allow ongoing construction in the area and to maintain effective transit operations on the limited number of available lanes on southbound I-35W. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes or use transit to travel in/out of downtown.
  • EB I-94 to SB I-35W will be closed
    • Detour: NB I-394 to WB Hwy 100 to SB Hwy 62
  • 31st St. to SB I-35W will be closed to traffic, but remain open to buses
Fri, June 15, 2018 through fall 2020Fri, June 15, 2018 through fall 2021Bridge ClosuresFri, June 15, 2018 through fall 2021