September 22nd is Car Free Day!


I-35W construction impacts downtown employers, commuters and residents. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) started Stage 3 (of 5) on the multi-year 35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown rebuild project. I-35W is being completely rebuilt from I-94 down down to E 42nd Street. This busy section of I-35W used to carry 190,000 vehicles a day but is down to half that. The 10 lane expanse is just five now. Construction has slowed somewhat during the winter months until the spring thaw. Stage 3 will usher in a heavy work schedule with more bridge replacements and lane closures. Construction continues until late 2021. 

Highway Projects In Minneapolis

35W@94 Project – Downtown to Crosstown Timeline – Now – 2021 (4 year project)

  • Replacement of I-94 & I-35W interchange
  • 11 Bridge replacements
  • Transit Station construction
  • Lane and ramp closures and detours

The 35W@94 project has entered Stage 3 of construction (out of 5 stages). Many freeway entrance and exit ramps will be temporarily closed during the various stages of construction. The 26th Street and 38th Street bridges over I-35W are now open. The 28th Street bridge is closed to traffic.

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.

Downtown Minneapolis

As of December, 2018, here’s the current status of entrance/exit ramps:

  • From Downtown: 12th Street/4th Ave to Southbound I-35W is CLOSED
  • From Downtown: 4th Ave/16th St to Eastbound I-94 is OPEN
  • To Downtown: Northbound I-35W to 11th St/Grant Street is OPEN
  • To Downtown: Northbound I-35W to 5th Avenue is CLOSED


Buses can exit downtown via the 5th Avenue exit, this exit is closed to all other vehicles at this time.



What You Can Do?

Want to avoid or reduce the headaches of road construction on your downtown commute? Move Minneapolis can help with faster, sustainable and less expensive options than driving alone. Transit, carpooling, bicycle commuting and telecommuting offer many transportation advantages: Northstar Commuter Rail service has five morning trains running parallel to I-94 right into downtown Minneapolis. Express bus and rail commuters can park for free at Park And Ride lots. Buses, carpoolers and MNPASS users can use the I-394, I-94 or I-35W Express (EXPRS) lanes to zoom past the gridlock. Carpoolers receive discounted parking (as low as $20 per month at the ABC Ramps). Minneapolis has 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 for commuters.

Northstar Commuter Rail:

Express Transit Buses:


Bicycle Commuting:


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Courtesy of MnDOT