Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown

Aug. 21, 2017 through fall 2021

Traffic impacts

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

Current

April 2019 Project Updates

For a list of upcoming traffic impacts, see theUpcoming section.

What's new this week?
Details about new closures this week will be posted when available.
Road closures
Mon, June 10, and Tue, June 11; 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly

  • EB I-94 is closed between I-35W and I-394

10 p.m. Fri, June 14 through 5 a.m. Mon, June 17

  • EB I-94 is closed between I-35W and I-394

Mon, June 17 through mid-July 2019

  • 15th St. is closed between 4th Ave. and Portland Ave.

Bridges by location

  • Closed Nov. 8, 2018 through Mid-June 2019
    • Traffic Detour: Blaisdell Ave. to Lake St. to 4th Ave.
    • Pedestrian Detour: 1st Ave., 26th St., 5th Ave.
    • Bicycle Detour: 1st Ave., 26th St., 5th Ave.
    • Detour Map

Ramps by location
Some of the ramp closures listed below are multi-year closures. This is needed to allow motorists to safely travel through the project area during the reconstruction of I-35W. The number of lanes will be reduced and shifted at various times which makes ramp access to/from I-35W difficult for vehicles.
Access from NB I-35W to 11th St./Grant St. – CLOSED

  • Mon, June 10 through Thu, June 13 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly

Access into downtown from NB I-35W is one northbound lane to allow for ongoing construction in the area. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes or use transit to travel in/out of downtown.
Routes into downtown
Access from NB I-35W to 5th Ave. S – CLOSED

  • April 22 through September 2019 for reconstruction. The ramp will temporarily reopen Mon, June 17 through mid-July 2019.

Routes into downtown

  • Closed June 8, 2018 through fall 2021
    • Detour map
    • Access out of downtown to SB I-35W is only open to buses; it will remain closed for all other vehicles for the duration of the project. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes or use transit to travel in/out of downtown. The long-term closure is needed to allow ongoing construction in the area and to maintain effective transit operations on the limited number of available lanes on southbound I-35W. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes or use transit to travel in/out of downtown.
    • Routes out of downtown
  • Closed May 18, 2018 through fall 2021
    • Detour: WB I-694, WB Hwy 62, NB Hwy 100, EB I-394
    • This ramp is being fully reconstructed. Once complete, motorists will no longer merge on the right side of WB I-94; instead, motorists will merge on the left side and will have a dedicated lane through the Lowry Tunnel, helping to reduce congestion. The Lyndale Ave./Hennepin Ave. exit will still be accessible from WB I-94.
    • Prior to the reconstruction of the ramp, there are additional construction activities in the I-35W/I-94 junction that need to happen and will be in full swing starting in mid-June 2018. Highway lanes will be reduced and shifted at various times and construction of the new ramp piers would not allow traffic to be safely switched around.

5th Ave. ramp to NB I-35W – CLOSED

31st St. to SB I-35W ramp – CLOSED

SB I-35W to 35th St. ramp – CLOSED

35th St. to NB I-35W ramp – CLOSED

36th St. to SB I-35W ramp – CLOSED

  • Closed March 2, 2018 through fall 2021
    • Detour: Portland Ave. to 46th St.
    • The number of southbound lanes will be reduced and shifted at various times while crews work for the three years after the 38th St. bridge reopens. This will make it difficult for vehicles entering from 36th St. to safely merge onto SB I-35W.

SB I-35W to 46th St. ramp – CLOSED

Highway work by location
NB I-35W between Hwy 62 and I-94 – CLOSED

  • Wed, June 19 and Thu, June 20 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly

NB I-35W is reduced to three lanes through fall 2021

  • MnPASS Express Lanes remain open

SB I-35W between I-94 and Hwy 62 – CLOSED

  • 10 p.m. Sun, June 9 through 5 a.m. Mon, June 10

SB I-35W between I-94 and Hwy 62 – CLOSED

  • Wed, June 19 through Sun, June 23 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly

SB I-35W is reduced to two lanes through fall 2019
WB I-94 between I-394 and I-35W – CLOSED

  • Thu, June 6 and Fri, June 7 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly

EB I-94 between I-35W and I-394 – CLOSED

  • Mon, June 10, and Tue, June 11 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly
  • 10 p.m. Fri, June 14 through 5 a.m. Mon, June 17

Local road work by location
2nd Ave. between Lake St. and 28th St. – CLOSED

  • Closed April 8 through early June

2nd Ave. between 38th St. and 39th St. intersection - OPEN
2nd Ave. between 31st St. and 32nd St. – OPEN
4th Ave. between 18th St. and Franklin Ave. – CLOSED

  • Closed Mon, April 15 through mid-June

4th Ave. between 12th St. and 15th St. – CLOSED

  • Closed May 1 through mid-June

4th Ave. between 22nd St. and 25th St. – CLOSED

  • Closed June 18, 2018 through summer 2019

Clinton Ave. between 26th St. and 3rd Ave. – CLOSED

  • Closed Sep. 17, 2018 through summer 2019

15th St. between Portland Ave. and 4th Ave. – CLOSED

  • Closed Mon, June 17 through July 2019

31st St. has reduced lanes between Stevens Ave. and 2nd Ave.

  • Reduced lanes through fall 2021

Stevens Ave. between the Midtown Greenway and Lake St. – CLOSED

  • Closed Oct. 22, 2018 through summer 2019

Stevens Ave. between 31st St. and Lake St. – CLOSED

  • Single southbound lane through summer 2019

Stevens Ave. between 31st St. and 34th St. – CLOSED

  • Closed April 2 through Summer 2019

Stevens Ave. between 31st St. and 35th St. – CLOSED

  • Closed Oct. 22, 2018 through summer 2019

Park Ave. between 31st St. and 14th St – OPEN

  • All lanes of Park Ave. are open to all traffic. It will be striped back to two lanes with larger lanes for bicycles and parking in spring 2019.

Portland Ave. between 14th St. and Lake St. – OPEN

  • All lanes of Portland Ave. are open to all traffic. It will be striped back to two lanes with larger lanes for bicycles and parking in spring 2019.

Trail and sidewalk impacts
Sidewalks are closed on the following roads:

  • 4th Ave. between 22nd St. and 25th St.
  • South side of Lake St. between Stevens Ave. and 2nd Ave. S
  • South side of 31st St. between Stevens Ave. and 2nd Ave. S
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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

Project Timelines

Traffic impacts

Current
  • The current stage of the project does not involve construction and no traffic impacts are anticipated.
Future
  • An extensive review of current and planned construction projects surrounding the corridor is being conducted to minimize impacts once construction begins in 2022 or 2023.

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

Note: The I-35W Minnesota River Bridge will remain open to three lanes of traffic (one MnPASS lane) during peak travel times in both directions for the duration of the project.

Current

If you live near Minnesota River Bridge you may hear noise beginning in early April as crews work to remove pavement on both sides of the river. Note: 106th St. and Lyndale Ave. may see delays as a considerable amount of truck traffic will be entering and exiting the project area.

Lane closures

March 25 through fall 2019; 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily
  • I-35W will have alternating lane closures in both directions between Cliff Rd. in Burnsville and 106th St. in Bloomington
    • Note: After 10 p.m. I-35W may be reduced to a single lane
February through fall 2019
  • 106th St. in both directions is reduced to a single-lane between Verdi Rd. and Lyndale Ave. S.
Oct. 18, 2018 through summer 2021
  • SB I-35W reduced from four lanes to three between 106th St. and Cliff Rd.

Ramp closures

April 8 through early summer 2019
  • The ramp from Burnsville Pkwy. to NB I-35W is closed while construction crews add an HOV lane.
April 1 through fall 2019
  • The ramp from NB I-35W to 106th St. is closed.
    • Detour: NB I-35W, 98th St., SB I-35W and 106th St.
March 24 through fall 2019
  • The ramps to/from NB I-35W and Black Dog Rd. are closed due to river flooding and will remain closed through fall 2019 for construction work.
    • Black Dog Rd. to NB I-35W detour: Black Dog Rd., SB I-35W, Hwy 13 and NB I-35W
    • NB I-35W to Black Dog Rd. detour: NB I-35W, 98th St., SB I-35W and Black Dog Rd.
Oct. 18, 2018 through summer 2021

Trail/sidewalk closures

Through fall 2019
  • Black Dog Trail is closed due to river flooding and will remain closed through fall 2019 for construction work.
February through fall 2019
  • 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

Information about upcoming traffic impacts will be posted as details 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, 2018 through June 14, 2019
 

Current

Lane closures

Oct. 1, 2018 through Fri, June 14
  • Watch for single lane closures in both directions of Hwy 62 during the day and overnight between I-494 and Hwy 100

Upcoming

Details about upcoming project closures will be posted when available.

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