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Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is resurfacing I-94 from Nicollet Ave S in Minneapolis up to Shingle Creek Parkway in Brooklyn Center. The project is currently underway and includes bridge, ramp and tunnel work.
This highway corridor, one of the busiest stretches in the Twin Cities, averages more than 140,000 vehicles a day. The I-94 project impacts commutes for many of the 160,000 who work downtown. Major construction takes place this year with some work continuing until mid-2018.
Taking place simultaneously is the rebuild of HWY 169 in the West Metro. Hwy 169 is currently closed for the Nine Mile Creek bridge replacement in Edina. Lane restrictions and ramp closures will impact traffic up to Hwy 55 until October, 2017.
As both the I-94 and Hwy 169 projects are winding down, the massive I-35W rebuild from West Lake Street on up to the I-94 interchange will start to ramp up. This project will take several years to complete.
Expect lane restrictions and closures on segments of freeway during the process from Nicollet Avenue and Shingle Creek Pkwy in Brooklyn Center. Some freeway entrance and exit ramps will be temporarily closed. Periodically from now until August 2017, the Lowry Hill tunnel will be temporarily reduced to a two-way traffic on each side as the other side is being re-tiled. Speeds will be limited to 30 mph in the tunnel during that time.
Want to avoid or lessen the impact of freeway construction on your commute downtown? Move Minneapolis offers faster, sustainable and less expensive options than driving alone. Using transit, carpooling, bicycle commuting and telecommuting resources offers many advantages. Buses, carpoolers and MNPASS users can use the I-394 Express (EXPRS) lanes to zoom past the gridlock. Carpoolers receive discounted parking (as low as $20 per month at the ABC Ramps). Minneapolis added miles of new, dedicated bike lanes allow for fast, safe access into and across downtown. Many downtown businesses offer bike rooms and lockers as employee amenities. Want to skip the commute altogether? Teleworking means working from home. Move Minneapolis provides resources to find which commuting options work best for you, and our services are FREE.