Work on I-35 in northeast metro likely to impact traffic even more in 2019

November 29, 2018 06:31 PM

Those who travel in the far north metro will be happy to hear work along Interstate 35 in the Columbus and Forest Lake area has nearly wrapped up for the season.

But Minnesota Department of Transportation engineer Ryan Coddington said bigger traffic impacts are coming next spring.

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"Next year is going to be a little bit bigger impact than this year," he said. "Next year, down by the split, either I-35W or I-35E could be one lane for a period of time, or both of them."


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The work is part of a larger project along I-35 that wraps up in the fall of 2019.

Three bridges, including ones along Highway 97, Highway 8 and I-35W over I-35E are getting replaced. Coddington said a six-mile stretch of Interstate 35 will be resurfaced too.

"The pavement itself, there's a lot of potholes and a lot of condition issues," he said.

And that's not the only project to watch out for in the north metro.

MnDOT plans to add a MnPASS lane to I-35W between Roseville and Blaine by the year 2021. Starting next year, portions of I-35W will be reduced to two lanes.

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