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MnDOT: Access to southbound I-35W to reopen 2 years early

MnDOT: Access to southbound I-35W to reopen 2 years early Photo: KSTP-TV

Updated: September 24, 2019 03:52 PM

Motorists and pedestrians will have greater access to and across Interstate 35W later this week thanks to a key ramp opening early.

The ramp from Fourth Avenue and 10th Street to southbound I-35W from downtown Minneapolis is scheduled to reopen with a single lane by 3 p.m. Thursday, MnDOT said. That opening is two years ahead of schedule. The ramp closed to general traffic in June 2018. 

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A rebuilt 40th Street pedestrian and bicycle bridge will also reopen ahead of schedule in October. Crews demolished the bridge in August 2018. It was expected to reopen next year.

MnDOT said local artists have been commissioned to create artwork for the 40th Street bridge. The artwork will start appearing on the bridge next year.

Short-term closures of the ramp will still be needed to complete some work, but it will mostly remain open through the remainder of the project, according to MnDOT.

The ramp and pedestrian bridge are the latest milestones in the more than four-year I-35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown reconstruction project on I-35W between 43rd Street and downtown Minneapolis. MnDOT has already:

  • Replaced and reopened bridges over I-35W on Franklin Avenue, 26th Street, 28th Street and 38th Street. 
  • Reopened the ramp from northbound I-35W to downtown Minneapolis.
  • Rebuilt the ramp from westbound I-94 to Fifth Avenue, 11th Street and East Grant Street.
  • Provided motorists with new southbound I-35W lanes.

You can find more on the 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project here.

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