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Road construction is impacting downtown employers, commuters and residents. Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has several highway construction projects surrounding downtown scheduled for 2018.
The I-94 resurfacing project started last year and is scheduled for completion by the end of summer 2018. I-35W, from Roseville to University Avenue, will be resurfaced over the summer months with six weekend highway closures scheduled starting in mid-July 2018. These projects, however, are just speed-bumps when compared to the massive, four-year 35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown rebuild project taking place just south of downtown. This section of I-35W averages 190,000 vehicles a day is being reduced to 95,000 – from 10 lanes to just five. Lane, ramp and bridge closures are already impacting traffic as the project continues to ramp up. The full weight of construction begins in the late spring and will continue in stages until late 2021.
Finishing the I-94 Resurfacing from Brooklyn Park to downtown Minneapolis Timeline – Now through July 2018:
I-35W Resurfacing from Roseville to University Avenue in NE Minneapolis Timeline – Six weekend highway closures from mid-July – August, 2018
35W@94 Project – Downtown to Crosstown Timeline – Now – 2021 (4 year project)
The 35W@94 project ramps up during the summer of 2018. Many freeway entrance and exit ramps will be temporarily closed during the various stages of construction. The Franklin Avenue bridge and 38th Street bridge decks are currently being replaced.
A new transit station built into the bridge over West Lake Street will link buses onto an express lane into downtown. The transit station will be part of the Orange BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Line.
As of June 11, 2018, the following entrances and exits to downtown Minneapolis will be closed:
THE TRANSIT ADVANTAGE!!!
The 31st Street exit and entrance ramps to I-35W have been converted to BUS ONLY along with added BUS ONLY lanes on Park and Portland Avenues (during rush hours). Buses from the South Metro have faster access to downtown. Single-occupancy vehicle traffic on northbound 35W is now limited to entering downtown via 3rd Street.
NOTE: Some ramps will reopen in fall 2018 to buses for direct access to I-35W.