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Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will resurface I-94 from Nicollet Ave S in Minneapolis up to Shingle Creek Parkway in Brooklyn Center starting this March. The project 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 will impact commutes for many of the 160,000 who work downtown. Major construction takes place this year but will not be finished until mid-2018.

Also watch for construction updates on HWY 169 in the West Metro.  Starting January 23rd, Hwy 169 will be 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.

Just 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.


What to Expect for I-94

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. From May 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.


By-pass the Gridlock

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.

I-35W and I-94 Minneapolis Junction Rebuild Starting Fall 2017: