New Configuration in the Lowry Hill Tunnel Starts Friday Morning

August 04, 2017 07:51 AM

Get ready for another big traffic shift inside the Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis.

This is the final stage of the tunnel project and it all gets underway late Thursday night.


Starting at midnight, the eastbound lanes will close until 5 a.m. Friday. Overnight, crews will be busy shuffling barriers around and moving traffic over to the other side of the Lowry Hill Tunnel.

By the Friday morning commute, there will be two lanes going eastbound and two lanes going westbound through the westbound side. It will be a familiar set-up, with east and westbound lanes separated by a concrete median barrier.  No trucks or buses over 9,000 pounds will allowed through the tunnel and there’s a $300 fine for those who get caught.

Do you take Interstate 394? The ramp to I-94 eastbound will remain open via the eastbound side of the tunnel until August 14. That’s when the ramp closes until August 28. However, the ramp from I-94 eastbound to I-35W southbound will be closed by Friday morning for at least a month. The posted detour takes motorists to Highway 100, Highway 62, and I-35W.

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation are hoping to wrap up the Lowry Hill Tunnel project by Labor Day. The work is part of a larger project on I-94 from Brooklyn Center to Minneapolis that continues until this fall. Some bridge work and additional ramp closures will be scheduled in the spring of 2018. Learn more.


Josie Smith

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