Biggest Lowry Hill Tunnel Impact Felt by I-394 Drivers

August 04, 2017 11:02 AM

Friday marks day one of the newest configuration at the Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis.

The biggest traffic impact is being felt along I-394 eastbound. While traffic there is currently being allowed to use the eastbound side of the tunnel, there's only one lane available for eastbound I-394 motorists to take over to Interstate 35W, creating quite the squeeze. Traffic was at a crawl from Highway 100 Friday morning.


The ramp from I-394 eastbound to I-94 eastbound will eventually close starting Monday, Aug. 14 for two weeks. The ramp from I-94 eastbound to I-35W southbound already shut down early Friday morning. The detour for both ramps is Highway 100 southbound, to Highway 62 eastbound, to I-35W northbound, and back to I-94 eastbound.

Meanwhile, east and westbound I-94 traffic has now been shifted to the westbound side of the Lowry Hill Tunnel. This is the final stage of the tunnel project and it will continue into September.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is hoping to finish the work by Labor Day, weather permitting.

Learn more about the project. 


Josie Smith

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