Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown

Aug. 21, 2017 through fall 2021

Traffic impacts

To learn more about this project, including project staging, and how to move through the project area, including how to do the zipper merge.

Current

For a list of upcoming traffic impacts, see the Upcoming section.

Road closures

What's new this week?

Details about new closures this week will be posted when available.

Road closures

Wed, March 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 31st St. is closed between 1st Ave. and 3rd Ave. S.
Thu, March 14 through Fri, March 15; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily
  • The right lane of SB I-35W is closed between I-94 and Lake St. Watch for delays.
Fri, March 15 and Mon, March 18 through Tue, March 19; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
  • Midtown Greenway is closed between Nicollet Ave. and 5th Ave.
    • WB Bicycle and Pedestrian Detour: NB 5th Ave. to WB 26th St. and SB Nicollet Ave. to the Midtown Greenway entrance.
    • EB Bicycle and Pedestrian Detour: NB Nicollet Ave. to EB 28th St. to NB 1st Ave. to EB 26th St. and SB 5th Ave.
Mon, March 18 from 4 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Stevens Ave. is closed between 31st St. and Lake St.
Wed, March 20 through Fri, March 22; 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily
  • I-35W is closed between I-94 and Hwy 62
    • Detour: I-94 to I-394 to Hwy 100 to Hwy 62

 

June 18, 2018 through fall 2021
• NB I-35W is reduced to three lanes from 43rd St. to downtown Minneapolis
• Note: one northbound I-35W lane will be a MnPASS lane

June 18, 2018 through fall 2019
• SB I-35W is reduced to two lanes from downtown Minneapolis to 43rd St.

June 18, 2018 through mid- to late Oct. 2018
• WB I-94 will be reduced to two lanes from Chicago Ave. to Nicollet Ave

View map of all current lane reductions (PDF)

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I-494: Airport to Highway 169

Bloomington, Richfield, Edina, Eden Prairie in Hennepin County http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i494-airport-hwy169/
2022-2023: Estimated construction start date
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About this project

MnDOT staff and its partners are working to provide environmental documentation and preliminary and final engineering reconstruction of the I-494 freeway that travels through the cities of Bloomington, Richfield, Eden Prairie and Edina.

In 2018, Corridors of Commerce, a state road improvement grant program, awarded the project $134 million to introduce MnPASS lanes from EB France Ave. to Hwy 77 and from WB Hwy 77 to I-35W. An additional $70 million was awarded to construct a directional ramp for NB I-35W to WB I-494 traffic.

The current stage of the project is looking at the entire freeway from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Hwy 169 to determine the size of the project and begin the environmental review process. The proposed project is envisioned to improve the capacity of the interstate and dramatically improve the reliability of the average rush-hour trip.

Summary of work

• Provide a transit advantage to increase the number of people who can be efficiently moved through the area
• Improve the reliability of the average rush-hour trip
• Improve safety
• Restore pavement to preserve infrastructure and provide a smoother ride
• Improve drainage systems to reduce localized flooding and reduce run-off into the Minnesota River
• Preserve existing bridges

Schedule

Summer 2018 - Winter 2018: Public outreach and evaluation of design alternatives
Winter 2018 - Summer 2019: Concept design
Summer 2018 - Fall 2019: Environmental review process
2022-2023: Estimated construction start date
Some work might be done earlier to reduce traffic impacts

I-35W Minnesota River Bridge

Bloomington, Burnsville http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wbloomington/index.html

Aug. 20, 2018 to Nov. 2021

Traffic impacts

Current

If you live near Minnesota River Bridge you may hear noise from saw-cutting as crews work to remove the barrier and load out rubble from the center median on both sides of the river.

Lane closures

February through Mon, March 25
  • 106th St. in both directions is reduced to a single-lane between Verdi Rd. and Lyndale Ave. S.
    • EB traffic will be shifted into the WB lanes to accommodate utility work.
Oct. 18, 2018 through summer 2021
  • SB I-35W reduced from four lanes to three between 106th St. and Cliff Rd.

Ramp closures

Oct. 18, 2018 through summer 2021
  • The ramp from 106th St. to SB I-35W is closed. Follow detour using NB I-35W, 98th St, to access SB I-35W.

Trail/sidewalk closures

February through Mon, March 25
  • The sidewalks on 106th St. between Verdi Rd. and Lyndale Ave. S. may be fully or partially closed for utility work. Please follow the posted detour during any closures.
Mon. through Fri.; 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
  • Minnesota River Bottoms Trails west of the I-35W River Bridge in the construction area is closed (Saturdays will be make up-days in case of rain).

Upcoming

Details on upcoming traffic impacts will be provided as they become available.

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Hwy 62 and Hwy 212

Eden Prairie to Edina http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy62/index.html
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July 9 to late Spring 2019

Current

Lane closures Oct. 1 through spring 2019

Upcoming

Watch for single lane closures in both directions of Hwy 62 during the day and overnight between I-494 and Hwy 100

Road closures

Details about upcoming project closures will be posted when available.

Summary of work

• Resurfacing highway
• Pedestrian crossing improvements
• All ramps repaired

I-94

This project has been completed

Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center Click here for more details

Schedule: Construction: Mar. 20, 2017, into summer 2018, weather permitting

Location: I-94 between Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis and Shingle Creek Pkwy in Brooklyn Center

Benefits:Smoother road surface
Longer lasting bridges and pavement
Improved drainage
Reduced damage to freight goods in transport

Summary of work

Repaired Whitney pedestrian bridge
Resurfaced nine miles of pavement on I-94 between Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis and Shingle Creek Pkwy in Brooklyn Center
Repaired 50 bridges on or over I-94
Reconstructed WB I-94 bridge deck over Hwy 252 in Brooklyn Center
Repaired tile in (I-94) Lowry and Portland Ave. tunnels
Replaced guardrail
Improved drainage and concrete barrier in areas
Repaired all entrance and exit ramps
Project work completed in 2017:

Resurfaced nine miles of pavement on I-94 between Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis and Shingle Creek Pkwy in Brooklyn Center
Repaired 48 bridges on or over I-94
Reconstructed WB I-94 bridge deck over Hwy 252 in Brooklyn Center
Repaired tile in (I-94) Lowry and Portland Ave. tunnels
Replaced guardrail
Improved drainage and concrete barrier in areas
Repaired all entrance and exit ramps

Hwy 169 Improvement Project

Project completed: Jan. 23 through Oct. 31, 2017

About this Project - Click here for more details
Summary of work
Work on Hwy 169 included:

  • Replacing the Hwy 169 bridge over Nine Mile Creek in Hopkins, Minnetonka and Edina. The bridge was replaced with a causeway, which is a raised road across a low or wet ground. Bridge conditions require that it be replaced by 2020.
  • Reconstructing more than six miles of pavement on Hwy 169 between Hwy 55 and just north of Hwy 62
  • Constructing acceleration and deceleration lanes on Hwy 169 at Cedar Lake Rd.
  • Removing access to and from southbound Hwy 169 at 16th St. in St. Louis Park
  • SB Hwy 169 ramps to and from 16th St. closed permanently
  • Repairing noise walls
  • Replacing concrete barrier
  • Improving pedestrian accessibility

 

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I-494 Rehabilitation

Plymouth Click here for more details

This project has been completed

Location: I-494 between I-394 and I-694 (Fish Lake Interchange)

Benefits: Smoother road surface
Extends bridge life
Lessens congestion during peak hours

I-494 Improvement Projects

Edina, Bloomington, Richfield

This project has been completed

Project Benefits

  • Improved ride quality for motorists will be increased
  • Improved traffic flow
  • Reduced maintenance needs from replacing guard rail with concrete median barrier
  • Future opportunities to match local development goals for the area due to replacement of the Xerxes Avenue Bridge

Hwy 169 Bloomington Ferry Bridge Improvement

Shakopee, Bloomington, Eden Prairie (July through August 2013)

This project has been completed

Summary of work

  • Improve Hwy 13/101 weaving concerns
  • Replace strip seal joints on Bloomington Ferry Bridge
  • Shoulder work in both directions
  • Drainage repair where needed

Location

  • Hwy 169 between Hwy 101 (Shakopee) and Pioneer Trail (Bloomington, Eden Prairie)
Click here for more information

TH 169/I-494 Interchange

This project was completed in late 2012.
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/169/index.html

 

View of Completed Interchange
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Project Benefits

Improved safety and mobility by converting this expressway to a freeway. This work included:

  • Reconstructing the interchange with six connections
  • Removing traffic signals
  • Connecting the north and south frontage roads under Hwy 169
  • Building noise walls
  • Constructing drainage and water quality facilities