Difficult First Morning Commute Navigating Major Ramp Closures along I-35W

June 11, 2018 10:10 AM

Monday morning's commute was a big test in terms of how drivers will handle all the closures related to the massive I-35W: Downtown to the Crosstown Project.

Friday night, numerous ramps near downtown Minneapolis and south Minneapolis closed, with some closures lasting months and some lasting years.


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Although Minnesota Department of Transportation officials were hoping to add another lane to I-35W northbound from 31st Street to Third Street Sunday night, the work was postponed.

For now, I-35W northbound is down to three lanes coming up from 31st Street and down to two lanes at Interstate 94. Weather permitting, the road will close Monday night from Highway 62 to I-94 starting at 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Tuesday. Crews will be adding an extra lane to the interstate during that time.

Meanwhile, I-94 eastbound to I-35W southbound is closed until the fall of 2021. Access in and out of downtown Minneapolis is affected as well. I-35W northbound to 11th Street, Grant Street, and 5th Avenue is closed until this fall, while 12th Street and 4th Avenue to I-35W southbound is closed until the fall of 2021.

The ramp from I-35W northbound to 31st Street/Lake Street is closed until fall, while the ramp from 31st Street to I-35W southbound stays closed for three years. The ramp from 35th Street to I-35W northbound is also closed until the fall of 2021.

More closures are on the way. Interstate 35W is closing this coming weekend in both directions from Highway 62 to I-94. All lanes will be closed starting at 10 p.m. Friday. Once the roadway reopens by 5 a.m. Monday, the commute will look a lot different. The southbound side of I-35W will be reduced to two lanes from downtown Minneapolis to 43rd Street, while northbound will be reduced to three lanes along that same stretch. This configuration will stay in place until the fall of 2021.

Interstate 94 will also be reduced to two lanes starting Monday. Drivers will find the restrictions near downtown Minneapolis between Portland Avenue and Stevens Avenue. Those lane closures will stay in place until this fall.

Learn more about the closures and detours.


Josie Smith

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