Drivers Face Weekend Road, Ramp Closures Amid Busy Weekend in Minneapolis

May 21, 2018 06:42 AM

Between the Minneapolis Department of Transportation's planned closures and several events, drivers are in for potential slowdowns in and around downtown Minneapolis.

With Art-A-Whirl wrapping up and the Twins, Lynx and United all in action Sunday, the ramp and road closures may be difficult to avoid. Though, drivers have Monday to look forward to, as several of the closures will be over in time for the morning commute.


For the third weekend in a row, I-94 is closed from I-394 to I-35W in Minneapolis. Traffic has been diverted to I-694, I-35W, and Highway 280. Although this is the last time drivers will see I-94 close in May, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said there will be more closures coming to the interstate sometime this summer.

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Hennepin/Lyndale Avenue also closed over the weekend from Dunwoody Boulevard to Oak Grove Street. Crews are working on the Irene Hixon Whitney Pedestrian Bridge, which connects Loring Park to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Restoration of the bridge's deck will continue into August.

The Interstate 35W northbound "flyover" ramp to Interstate 94 westbound closed Friday, as well, and it won't re-open until the fall of 2021.

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Crews are taking down the ramp this weekend as part of a reconstruction project. As a result, drivers are not able to use Highway 65 in and out of downtown Minneapolis over the weekend.

Downtown traffic will be detoured to 3rd Avenue and 4th Street to the I-35W southbound entrance ramp. Northbound I-35W traffic will continue north and use the 3rd Street exit. There's a long detour set up for drivers who normally take the flyover ramp: north on I-35W, to I-694, and back to I-94.

Once crews finish reconstructing the ramp, traffic will no longer exit to the right to reach I-94 westbound. Instead, motorists will merge on the left side and have a dedicated lane along I-94 through the Lowry Hill Tunnel.


Tyler Berg

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