Project to Replace I-35W Minnesota River Bridge Begins Monday Night, In Effect for More Than 3 Years

August 20, 2018 06:50 PM

More than three years worth of south metro roadwork kicks off Monday night, as the Minnesota Department of Transportation prepares to replace the I-35W Minnesota River Bridge between Bloomington and Burnsville.


"I'm just worried it's gonna take a lot longer to get everywhere," said Kevin Cunningham, who drives across the bridge daily.

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In short, yes, it probably will make traffic worse, but a MnDOT spokesperson said it likely won't be quite as bad as some would think.

"There is somewhat good news with this project," explained Kirsten Klein.

While the $127 million project will stretch from 106th Street in Bloomington to Cliff Road in Burnsville, MnDOT will complete the work in phases, allowing them to keep three lanes of traffic open in each direction just about the entire time, according to Klein, who added that 120,000 people drive across the bridge every day.

RELATED: This Week's Lane Closures Mark Start of I-35W Minnesota River Bridge Replacement Project 

Not to mention, the project will also raise this stretch of I-35W out of the floodplain and improve pedestrian access across the river too.

"I think people will be happy when the new bridge is put in place," Klein said, adding that most drivers won't notice much of a change in traffic patterns until ramp closures begin in late September.

For more information on the project, you can click here.

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