Major Construction Coming to Busiest Stretch of I-35W in Minneapolis

January 09, 2017 10:23 PM

The busiest stretch of highway in Minnesota during rush hour gets final approval and staging for the $265 million project starts this August. 

A nearly three-mile portion of 35W will see a Bus Rapid Transit Line (BRT) built between downtown Minneapolis and 42nd Street starting this August with completion expected in the fall of 2021. 

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) says there will be 100 buses running daily with 20,000 daily rides at the peak of the bus line ridership. 

One of the major components will be a BRT station at 35W and Lake Street and an exit ramp for southbound drivers as well at Lake Street off 35W. 

There will be new ramp for northbound commuters at 28th Street, too. 

The city of Minneapolis gave final municipal approval the first week of January allowing MnDOT to move forward with this project. 

Minneapolis city leaders say 8,000 jobs and 12,000 households are within a 10-minute walk of the new BRT station.


Jay Kolls

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