I-35W Closes for Final Weekend in 2018; Lane and Ramp Closures in the North, East Metro

November 16, 2018 05:53 AM

For the second weekend in a row, Interstate 35W is closing in Minneapolis. This time around it's for some underground utility work.

The roadway will close in both directions from I-94 to Highway 62 starting at 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.


According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, this is the last weekend closure for I-35W in 2018, with more on the way in 2019. Learn more about the project.

In the far north metro, crews will be removing the Highway 97 Bridge over I-35.

MnDOT Engineer Ryan Coddington said the bridge, which was built in the 1960s, needs to be replaced.

"We were experiencing some deck condition issues, so, yeah, it's on its normal replacement cycle, where it's time to be replaced."

I-35 will be down to one lane as drivers are being diverted up and down the ramps at Highway 97 in Columbus throughout the weekend. Traffic will begin using the new bridge Monday. Learn more about the project.

In St. Paul, drivers will encounter a lane and ramp closure throughout the weekend. Interstate 94 eastbound the ramp to Highway 61 southbound is closing for road repairs starting at 7 a.m. Saturday until 5 p.m. Sunday.

There will be a detour set up along Highway 52. At the same time, the right lane of I-94 eastbound will be closed between Highway 61 and Johnson Pkwy. Learn more.

In the southeast metro, I-494 westbound will be reduced to two lanes between Blaine Avenue and Hardman Avenue throughout the day on Saturday between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. The work is related to a bridge and pavement repair project that's currently underway along I-494.

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